No Moor Pylons and Wells MP Tessa Munt welcomes pylon summit
MPs from across the UK will be attending a pylon summit meeting on Thursday aimed at stopping National Grid’s plans for more pylons.
The meeting has been sponsored by Tim Yeo, chair of the Energy Select Committee, and up to 80 MPs are expected to attend from constituencies across the country, all affected by National Grid’s plans to install more giant pylons.
Environment Secretary Owen Patterson is expected to attend as well as representatives from Ofgem and the Department for Climate Change.
They will hear from Oxford Professor Dieter Helm who will show that new evidence suggests the public would be willing to pay to bury the power cables and propose a new way forward.
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Paul Hipwell from campaign group No Moor Pylons said: “This is a really important summit that could completely change our approach to electricity transmission and ensure the dis-benefits of pylons are properly taken into account.
“All the evidence is that it is perfectly possible to bury the power cables and that the cost is something people are willing to pay to protect our beautiful countryside for future generations to enjoy.
“This summit could mark a real turning point in the campaign to halt National Grid’s plans to install giant pylons across the South West.”
Tessa Munt, Wells MP, said: “The fight against these monstrous pylons goes on and I am continuing to do all I can to prevent beautiful Somerset from being scarred by them. I’m looking forward to the summit on Thursday where I hope we can make headway.”