The County Times has teamed up with Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies to campaign against controversial proposals put forward by National Grid to build a 20-acre electricity substation in Mid Wales.
The Welsh Assembly Government’s commitment to using Mid Wales as a site for windfarm development means Montgomeryshire’s grid connection lacks sufficient capacity.
Therefore the amount of electricity produced by a number of proposed windfarm developments will require the creation of not only a large substation but also a number of new power lines to carry electricity across Montgomeryshire and to the national grid.
But with residents asked to decide whether the substation should be built in Abermule or Cefn Coch, the County Times has launched a campaign to say enough is enough: Powys does not need this substation; Powys does not want this substation; Powys should not have this substation and the subsequent miles of power lines forced upon us by people who care nothing for the county and the beautiful landscape within. No to Abemule. No to Cefn Coch. It’s not one or the other, it’s neither.
To play your part in the campaign simply complete the form on page 4 of this week’s County Times and post it back to us at: Powys says NO to substation, County Times, 11C Broad Street, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7LE.
Once we have collected all the forms we will present them to Glyn Davies, who has promised to present them to the Chair of the Petitions Committee at Westminster and to the National Assembly for Wales, along with the then new Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire, in mid-May.
MP Glyn Davies has described the proposal as ‘madness’ and urged the public to ‘fight the plans to the bitter end’.
He said: “We must fight the proposals to the bitter end, hoping that common sense will prevail. Abermule is a thriving community and the Vyrnwy Valley is one of the most beautiful in Britain.
“If this abomination goes ahead, the National Assembly for Wales will never be forgiven.
“I urge all County Times readers to get behind this campaign and return these forms, along with your comments, back to the news desk as soon as possible.
“I will them present them to the Chair of the Petitions Committee at Westminster and go to Cardiff, with the new AM for this area, whoever that may be, and present them at the National Assembly for Wales.”
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