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Pylons inquiry opens in Stirling  

A public inquiry into Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) proposals to upgrade a 137-mile power line has begun its final session in Stirling.

The inquiry, which started in Perth in February, was set up after SSE submitted plans to erect 600 pylons from Beauly, near Inverness, to Denny.

Campaign group Stirling Before Pylons has submitted evidence on the environmental impact of the plan.

Local MSPs, including Keith Brown and Dr Richard Simpson, will give evidence.

Those protesting against the plan say it will irrevocably damage Stirling’s historic and natural landscape.

Under the current proposals the new power line would pass through the site of the Sheriffmuir battlefield.

Four local authorities covering the area where the pylons would be built – Perth and Kinross, Highland, Stirling and Falkirk – have all objected to the plans.

Scottish and Southern Energy said the development was needed in order to meet green energy targets.

The line would allow renewable energy from proposed wind and wave projects in the north to be transmitted to the major population centres of central Scotland.

BBC News

20 November 2007

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