Pylon report handed over

PUBLISHED: 17:04 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A REPORT accusing National Grid of failing to provide correct information during a consultation on a 400,000 volt power line has been handed to Woodspring MP Dr Liam Fox.

A REPORT accusing National Grid of failing to provide correct information during a consultation on a 400,000 volt power line has been handed to Woodspring MP Dr Liam Fox.

The 79-page document has been produced on behalf of Wraxall and Failand Parish Council as part of its objection to plans for the line, which would see 150ft pylons installed across North Somerset countryside.

In its response to National Grid, the council says: "There is considerable anger and total opposition to either route, especially as a better alternative is available."

The report was compiled by parish council chairman Councillor Chris Ambrose and resident Hugh Pratt, with the help of several others.

As well as being given to Dr Fox it will be sent to National Grid, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Communities Secretary John Denham, the Government's Infrastructure Planning Committee and OFGEM.

The document suggests that placing the line under the sea would be no more expensive than conventional overhead power lines.

It also suggests that the undersea route would save lives, reduce global warming, protect property values and safeguard local industry.

The report recommends that the Government should give National Grid tax incentives for removing existing overhead pylons and transmission lines.

It also says that the Government should reward £500million to any UK company that can demonstrate a specified reduction in transmission losses with a system costing less than overhead pylons.

As part of the section on engineering, the report suggests that the total price for a high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea system would be £661million and that it could save £1287million over 20 years, compared with the National Grid proposals, because it would lose less electricity along the line.

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