Public meeting over National Grid's Menai pylon plan


Geraint Jones

ELECTRICITY chiefs have been urged to listen to “overwhelming” public opposition over controversial plans to erect pylons over the Menai Strait.

Arfon MP Hywel Williams, chairman of the No Pylons campaign, has called a public meeting  in Capel Rhos-y-Gad in Llanfairpwll at 7pm on Friday, January 24 to discuss the National Grid’s plan to carry electricity from the proposed Wylfa B nuclear plant.

Mr Williams said last year’s initial consultation gave “unanimous” feedback against the scheme from Anglesey and Arfon residents.

He added: “There is no appetite from the local community for the construction of a corridor of pylons which would, without doubt, have a detrimental impact on both the visual amenity of the area and the tourism and outdoor industry, which brings far reaching benefits to the local economy.

“I urge the National Grid to consider the position of the local community in all this.”

Mr Williams suggested subsea cables as a more viable option.

He added: “They cite cost as being the driving factor behind their decision to favour the pylon option, but I disagree - not if we consider the 60 year lifespan of such a link.”

A National Grid spokesperson said a number of connection options were considered for north Wales.

The spokesperson added: “Each option was carefully assessed against the effect it could have on the environment and local communities, its technical feasibility, and costs.

“Based on this work our preliminary preferred option is an overhead line between Wylfa and Pentir, a new substation in West Gwynedd and an additional underground connection at the Glaslyn Estuary.

The spokesperson added the work would not involve new pylons in Snowdonia National Park, and said feedback from its consultation was being “carefully considered.”

She added; “Meanwhile, we are continuing to carry out further technical and environmental studies to help inform the decisions we make.

"We need to make sure we strike the best balance between all the things we need to consider and will keep the public fully informed as our work progresses.


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