Hundreds walk against National Grid

PUBLISHED: 11:20 04 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

MORE than 700 placard-waving campaigners walked across North Somerset countryside to demonstrate against plans for a new power line in the area.

MORE than 700 placard-waving campaigners walked across North Somerset countryside to demonstrate against plans for a new power line in the area.

Residents of Nailsea, Backwell and Wraxall joined forces to take part in the walk on Saturday, which was arranged by the campaign groups Save Our Valley and Save Nailsea West.

It was organised to show the strength of feeling toward plans put forward by National Grid to create a 400,000 volt power line linking a new power station at Hinkley Point C with a substation at Avonmouth.

On Saturday, participants walked the two possible routes proposed for the line from Parish Brook Road in Nailsea and Backwell Lake before converging on The Old Barn pub in Wraxall.

There campaigners also signed a New Year card to be sent to National Grid to show how many people are against the plans.

Save Our Valley secretary Sue Turner said: "We were staggered at how many people turned out in the cold from babies to elderly people.

"It shows how many people care about the issue and want to show they will not be trampled on by National Grid."

* The first round of consultation over National Grid's plans closes on Friday.

Comments can be sent before then using the project feedback form online at www.nationalgrid.com/hinkleyconnection or by calling the community relations team on 0800 377 7347.

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