[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Pylon route plan does not impress Shropshire Council  

Credit:  Shropshire Star | March 1, 2013 | www.shropshirestar.com ~~

Councillors have expressed ‘deep concerns’ about controversial windfarm plans which could see electricity pylons built through parts of Shropshire and Mid Wales.

A full meeting of Shropshire Council at Shirehall yesterday saw councillors almost unanimously back a motion expressing fears about the potential impact of the National Grid’s proposals.

The motion, which was put forward by Councillor Arthur Walpole, expressed ‘deep concerns’ as to the potential ‘detrimental impact’ on Shropshire of a number of windfarms being planned for Mid Wales.

It also cited worries about the impact of construction traffic when the pylons are built. National Grid is proposing to build a 400,000 volt line to bring electricity generated at wind farms in Mid Wales into the national power network in Shropshire.

Its proposed route is from an electricity substation at Cefn Coch, west of Welshpool, via Llansanttfraid, south of Llanymynech and Oswestry to Lower Frankton, where it will join the main network.

Councillor David Roberts, said: “I’m deeply worried about these plans for a number of reasons.

“If National Grid decided to come over the top of your house, there is absolutely no compensation for the householder at all. If that is not a scandal I do not know what is.”

He said wind power is ‘completely and utterly dependent’ on Government subsidies for schemes to go ahead.

The only councillor to vote against the motion was Mansel Williams, who said that while opposition to the National Grid’s plans were ‘perfectly understandable’ the wider picture needed to be considered.

He said windfarms can be a sustainable way for the country to provide electricity rather than relying on international providers. “It does not cause pollution. It creates jobs and could create jobs for our communities,” he said.

But Councillor Walpole said the proposals had not found favour in Wales either, with a recent survey showing strong opposition to the building of pylons.

National Grid will be informed of the council’s position, and a letter will also be sent to energy secretary Ed Davey.

Source:  Shropshire Star | March 1, 2013 | www.shropshirestar.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.