Peak climb to resist pylon plans

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 June 2012 | UPDATED: 09:13 29 June 2012

Crooks Peak

Crooks Peak

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ABOUT 200 villagers from North Somerset and Somerset climbed to the top of Crook Peak on Sunday to demonstrate their opposition to proposed electricity pylons which could be built across the region’s countryside.

They were joined by Somerset MP Tessa Munt for the event, which was held to demonstrate their support for the routing of underground electricity cables along the proposed 37-mile route from Avonmouth to the Hinkley C power plant.

Representatives from local parish councils also talked about the impact the 46.5metre-tall pylons would have on the area should National Grid get permission to build them.

Ms Munt made a speech calling for changes to the way companies operate with regards to the environment while a statement from fellow MP Dr Liam Fox was read out.

Dawn Smith said: “The event was a great success and very well supported with further statements from MP John Penrose, The National Trust, Natural England, Campaign to Protect Rural England, and the Mendip Society, all of whom passionately support the need to protect our most environmentally sensitive areas and the natural beauty of our landscape.”

The National Grid plans are currently out for consultation.

You can make comments by visiting www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk or phoning 0800 3777347 by July 23.

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