Peak ‘pylon’ awareness

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 June 2012

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CAMPAIGNERS will take part in a walk across a Somerset peak to raise awareness of plans by the National Grid to install huge pylons across the county’s countryside.

The company plans to install a 400,000 volt power line between a proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant near Bridgwater and a substation in Avonmouth which could see 152ft pylons across a 37-mile stretch.

It is currently considering where power lines should be placed underground to protect certain areas such as the popular Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The walk along Crook Peak at 11am on Sunday will help assess the visual impact of proposed pylons and will see campaigners and councillors attend with North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox and Cheddar and Burnham MP Tessa Munt.

Dawn Smith of the Mendip parishes and interest groups said: “As National Grid is currently considering possible areas for undergrounding, we feel it is vitally important to raise the profile of the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels now, before these protected and precious landscapes are devastated by these giant pylons.”

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