Villagers march against pylons

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

ANTI-PYLON protestors are marching between two villages on Saturday in a show of strength against 'environmental damage and vandalism'.

ANTI-PYLON protestors are marching between two villages on Saturday in a show of strength against 'environmental damage and vandalism'.

People outraged at National Grid's plan to run 50metre high metal structures will be rallying from Christon Church to Loxton Church and Webbington Farm.

They will be joined by Weston MP John Penrose for the demonstration, which aims to protect the countryside from the 400,000volt cables.

Mr Penrose said the company's plan would cause irreparable environmental damage and vandalism.

He added: "We live in an officially-designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so local people are entitled to ask 'if our area isn't worth saving, where is?'"

The cables are needed to link Hinkley Point C power station, which is due to start operating in 2017, and Avonmouth.

National Grid, a private, profit-making company, wants to use pylons for the connection because it would be cheaper than running the link under ground or sea.

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