‘Op­po­si­tion to py­lons not heeded’

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

THE leader of An­gle­sey Coun­cil has hit out at the Na­tional Grid, ac­cus­ing the firm of not tak­ing on board strong op­po­si­tion to a new row of over­head py­lons across the is­land.

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

As a re­sult, the new year will see in­spec­tors hear ob­ser­va­tions both for and against the ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore a de­ci­sion is made on award­ing the nec­es­sary Devel­op­ment Con­sent Or­der (DCO) to kick­start the work worth £700m, in­clud­ing a tun­nel un­der the Me­nai.

But the plans have raised con­cerns, with many fear­ing the im­pact that a new row of about 100 over­head py­lons, each 50 me­tres in height, could have on tourism and well­be­ing, with a lo­cal cam­paign calling for the ca­bles to be placed un­der­ground in­stead.

The leader of An­gle­sey Coun­cil, Cllr Lli­nos Medi, said: “We’re very con­cerned lo­cal views have not been con­sid­ered. There is a clear con­sen­sus amongst the is­land’s elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives - we are unan­i­mous in our op­po­si­tion to a sec­ond line of py­lons across An­gle­sey.”

But ac­cord­ing to Grid of­fi­cials, un­der­ground­ing would cost around £1bn - a price they say would end up be­ing passed onto en­ergy con­sumers.

The Sec­re­tary of State will ul­ti­mately make the de­ci­sion on the over­head trans­mis­sion plan.

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