Menai Strait pylon fears


Tomos Hughes

A PUBLIC meeting will be held to oppose plans to erect overhead cables across the Menai Strait.

Community leaders are urging members of the public to have their say on proposals by the National Grid to bring energy from the proposed Wylfa B power station to a substation in Pentir.

Calls have been made for the cables to be placed underground instead.
The National Grid is consulting on four possible corridors for the pylons, alongside the Britannia Bridge, between Faenol and Plas Newydd and one either side of Felinheli.

Hywel Williams MP said: “The National Grid really must take account of public concern about this iconic landscape.

"I would favour an underwater cable.

"The expertise to lay such a cable is available and the conditions in the Straits have been researched minutely by the foremost marine department in the UK at Bangor University.

"I urge everyone to attend the public meeting and to take part in the current consultation so that we send a clear and united message to National Grid.”

The National Grid is considering four options, with their preferred option involving pylons and overhead cables with a public consultation being held until December 21.

County councillors John Wyn Williams of Pentir and Sian Gwenllian, Felinheli, both of whose wards would be affected by the proposals, will also address the meeting.

Cllr Gwenllian said: “This plan would destroy one of the most picturesque areas of Wales. None of the four routes are acceptable. Whichever they chose will have a detrimental impact on the Menai Straits which will have a knock on effect on tourism.

"Nobody wants huge pylons or cables in the area. It would be ugly and a huge blot on our beautiful landscape."

A National Grid spokesman said: "Both overhead and underground options were considered.

"The visual and landscape effect of an overhead line is recognised, but National Grid believes it would be possible to reduce or avoid this with options including careful routeing, planting and screening or consideration of putting sections of the connection underground.

"The total cost of the project, including 40 km of underground AC connection would be approximately £1.7 billion.

"That is £923 million more than the equivalent project based on an overhead cables."

The meeting will be held at Plas Menai at 7pm on November 13 details on the consultation can be seen at connection.

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