Pylon protest today

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

PROTESTERS will march through the villages of North Somerset today (Sat) in a bid to fight the proposed plans to put 400,000-volt power lines near residents homes.

PROTESTERS will march through the villages of North Somerset today (Sat) in a bid to fight the proposed plans to put 400,000-volt power lines near residents' homes.

MP John Penrose, councillors, campaign groups and representatives from the National Trust will be taking part and organisers are excepting huge crowds.

National Grid plan to connect a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point to a new sub-station in Avonmouth.

The two proposed route corridors of 46.5m tall pylons are set to affect many villages across the region if it gets the go-ahead.

Protest organiser Brendan Flood of Christon Road said: "Either of the two routes will affect us.

"Both route corridors merge into one which will have an impact on us and the pylons will only be 120meters away from the villages."

Campaigners from Nailsea to Mark are expected to take part in the march as well as members of Pylon More Pressure and the Mendip Society.

A helicopter and tractors with trailers will also form part of the procession.

The demonstration will begin at Christon Church at 10am before moving onto St Andrew's Church in Church Lane, Loxton, for a bell ringing.

The party will then advance toward land near Webbington Farm, a location where one of the pylons would be placed, to have a discussion.


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