Pub­lic meet­ing on con­tro­ver­sial py­lons scheme

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

ANGER over plans to in­stall a new row of over­head py­lons on An­gle­sey will see a pub­lic meet­ing held on the is­land.

On Septem­ber 7, the Plan­ning In­spec­torate re­ceived the Na­tional Grid’s ap­pli­ca­tion to link the planned Wylfa Newydd nu­clear plant and ma­rine en­ergy de­vel­op­ments in the Ir­ish Sea with the main elec­tric­ity net­work.

The plans have raised con­cern over the im­pact on tourism and well-be­ing, with a cam­paign call­ing for the ca­bles to be un­der­ground in­stead.

The Grid says un­der­ground­ing would cost around £1bn com­pared to around £550m for py­lons.

Speak­ers at the meet­ing, at Ys­gol David Hughes this Fri­day, will in­clude Al­bert Owen MP and Rhun ap Ior­w­erth AM, with both hav­ing made clear their op­po­si­tion to the py­lons, as well as Con­ser­va­tive AM Mark Ish­er­wood.

Cllr Ieuan Wil­liams will speak on be­half of An­gle­sey Coun­cil, which has passed a mo­tion con­demn­ing the Grid for not meet­ing mem­bers and fail­ing to pro­vide enough in­for­ma­tion about plans for a £100m tun­nel un­der the Me­nai Strait.

Ac­cord­ing to the “An­gle­sey Says No to Py­lons” group, which is ar­rang­ing the meet­ing, in­for­ma­tion will also be pro­vided on how to for­mally ob­ject to the pro­pos­als via the Plan­ning In­spec­torate which will be tasked with mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion to the Sec­re­tary of State.

The meet­ing is at Ys­gol David Hughes, Me­nai Bridge, on Fri­day at 7:30pm.

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