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Hinkley C draft pylons route to be released in November

By Cheddar Valley Gazette  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

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National Grid will announce whether pylons loom in the future of the Cheddar Valley in six weeks’ time.

The energy firm will release its draft proposed route on how to connect proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant to Avonmouth on November 6.

This will show the details of the route, suggested underground sections and the location of pylons and sealing compounds. There will follow a six-week period of consultation.

Five parish councils have been actively challenging National Grid’s preferred option of pylons for the route.

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They argue the Somerset Levels, the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and immediate areas provide stunning landscapes which would be blighted even if cables are placed underground.

Where a connection between overhead and underground is required a ‘sealing end compound’ would be constructed which would further impact the landscape.

Concerned that the power distribution company did not appreciate the true quality of the landscape and the strong feelings of local residents, the parish councils called for a site meeting with National Grid last week. Councillors from the parishes of Badgworth, Chapel Allerton, Compton Bishop, Loxton and Mark together with a North Somerset Councillor and an officer from Sedgemoor District Council took the National Grid team on a walk to Crook Peak to point out impact.

The post-November 6 consultation is open to public participation and in two parts: for six weeks after this announcement and after the feedback in another consultation in the spring of 2013.

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