PYLONS RETHINK URGED
Battle rejoined against overhead lines from Wylfa Newydd with ‘unanimous opposition’ from island’s representatives
ANGLESEY Council is urging the National Grid to rethink its plan to build a second line of pylons across the island.
The proposal for a second connection for the proposed new Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station has been formally accepted by the Planning Inspectorate.
A 400kV electricity transmission would link the new nuclear plant and marine energy developments in the Irish Sea.
But the council is disappointed the North Wales Connection plans are for “over grounding”, rather than underground cables.
Anti-nuclear campaigners said they were not surprised by the application
Anglesey Council leader Llinos Medi, who backs undergound cables, said: “We as an authority are disappointed the overhead connec- tion project has been submitted.
“As the host community and local authority, our priority is to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people and communities of Anglesey and we are very concerned local views have not been considered following the engagement and consultation process.
“There is a clear consensus amongst the island’s elected representatives - we are unanimous in our opposition to a second line of electricity pylons across Anglesey, and we want any new power lines to be undergrounded.”
Anglesey Council’s head of regulation and economic development, Dylan Williams said the Grid’s plans were not “the right solution for the island”.
“Our role as a key consultee will be taken seriously to ensure that National Grid have to deliver a project that works for the Island, its communities, residents and the Menai area of Gwynedd,” he added.
Outlining the National Grid’s proposals, Gareth Williams, National Grid Senior Project Manager, said: “The connection will transport low carbon power to homes and businesses across Wales and the rest of the UK.
“Our application is an important step in unlocking many millions of pounds of local investment and around 9,000 construction jobs that the power station will create.
“We’ve listened to what people have told us and made hundreds of changes – big and small – as we’ve developed our plans,” he added.
He said changes to the project as a result of feedback include selecting a route corridor in the centre of Anglesey and routeing close to the existing line.
Mr Williams continued: “We believe our proposals offer the best balance of everything we must consider and mean there are no long-term effects for most areas of Anglesey and north Gwynedd.”
Dylan Morgan of PAWB (People against Wylfa B) said opposition to the proposed pylons would continue.
“Changes may have been made to the original proposals but they will still blight the landscape of the island,” he said.
The Planning Inspectorate now has 28 days to decide whether to accept National Grid’s application for examination. If this happens, public hearings will be held in the local area.