Intolerance: Pylon Fuss

The proposed route of a 400_000_V overhead transmission line -- stretching 220_km -- has been published by 'Scottish and Southern Energy'. The new 320_million_GBP route follows 18 months of consultation after the original plans sparked objections. The line will consist of about 600 pylons, some up to 65_m high, which will take power from Beauly, near Inverness, to Denny, near Falkirk. Part of the proposed line will run through the Cairngorms National Park. New pylons 'Scottish and Southern Energy' said that there would be fewer pylons and less transmission lines than currently run through the park area. There will be 76 pylons compared to 128 at present. The company also said that overall there would be 200 fewer pylons than on the existing 132_000_V transmission line, but that they would be bigger. The height of the new pylons will range from 42_m to 65_m. Almost 80 per cent of the pylons will be lower than 57_m. The height of the pylons on the existing line ranges from 25_m to 41_m. Campaigners had urged the company to put the cable underground but 'Scottish and Southern Energy' said this would could cost between six and 12 times as much. The power firm said that about 60 per cent of the line would be built on a route adjacent to the existing line, which it will replace. The upgraded pylon line will carry power produced by new wind farms and hydro schemes in the highlands and islands to customers further south. A spokesman for 'Scottish and Southern Energy' said that the new route was published on its website. He said that anyone concerned about where the line would go should consult the on-line map. An application to build and operate the line would soon be submitted to 'Scottish Executive' ministers, the company said. Spokesman for protest group 'Stirling Before Pylons', Mr.Peter Pearson, said:
'We are massively disappointed to learn there have been no significant changes to the proposed route. 'The proposed line passes almost directly over some houses, and near to many others.'
He pointed out some of the areas most badly hit included Dunblane, Braco, Kinbuck, Ashfield, Sheriffmuir, Logie, and Plean. Mr.Pearson added the pylons were almost as high as Scotland's national landmark, 'The Wallace Monument', and threatened to come within a few hundreds metres of it. He added they would be an 'eyesore' from 'Stirling Castle' and right across the Forth Valley and the structures would damage a 'tranquil and sensitive' area. The protest group called on 'Stirling Council' to object to the 'poorly thought out' proposals and demanded a 'Public Inquiry' into the plans. New power pylon route published', BBC NEWS, 2005/07/25 16:07:16 GMT


Anonymous Kelly said...

So it costs a lot more to put it underground..... so what? just do it!

7/26/2005 12:49:00 am  

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