Pylon protest petition to be presented to Parliament

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 October 2015

The pylons could go through the Somerset countryside.

The pylons could go through the Somerset countryside.

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A PETITION against plans for pylons in the Somerset countryside will go before Parliament later this month.

Hinkley Point (Picture: HayesDavidson).Hinkley Point (Picture: HayesDavidson).

National Grid has been holding a six-year consultation process about the pylons, which would link a new power station at Hinkley Point near Bridgwater with Avonmouth.

A petition, organised by Wells MP James Heappey, is circulating in Badgworth, Compton Bishop and Mark.

It will be returned to Parliament on October 23.

It calls for the Government to delay the building of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station due to the pylons’ visual impact on the landscape.

Mr Heappey said: “I’ve felt all along that it is only a change in Government policy which will force National Grid to think again on pylons.

“A petition to Parliament does not bind the Government but it is an important means for me to demonstrate the depth of public opinion. The delay in building Hinkley is an opportunity for a re-think on transmission.”

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