Reconsider "flawed" Menai pylon plans, National Grid told


Geraint Jones

NATIONAL Grid should re-examine the enironmental, economic and social costs of erecting pylons across the menai Strait to Pentir.

That was the view of Gwynedd Council's cabinet today (Friday, December 21) on National Grid's preliminary preferred option to link projects such as the the proposed Wylfa B power station and others in Deeside and Pembrokeshire.

The cabinet also unanimously agreed to write to the National Grid to urge them to look again at the two possible under sea cabling options.

Cabinet member for planning, councillor John Wyn Williams said:

“As a cabinet we are obviously eager for local people and businesses to be able to take full advantage of the employment opportunities that will arise from the various large scale energy projects current being proposed on and around the coast of Anglesey .

“When all the hidden cost of this option including the detrimental effect on the natural environment are factored in, we firmly believe that the two under sea options linking n orth Anglesey with either Deeside or Pembrokeshire would prove to be far more cost effective solutions for the public purse.”

“In addition, we will be noting our view that the National Grid’s approach of selecting and consulting on what it has already identified as its ‘Preliminary Preferred Option’ is flawed.”

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