Plans to build windfarms and electricity pylons across Mid Wales and Shropshire are causing “stress and fear”, MP Glyn Davies said today.
A public inquiry is looking into National Grid’s plan for five wind turbines and an overhead power line stretching from northern Powys to Welsh Frankton, near Oswestry, where it would join the National Grid.
But Mr Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, said the issue threatened to “desecrate the landscapes of our beautiful countryside”.
He said National Grid and windfarm developers “have caused more unhappiness, stress, division and genuine fear than anything else I can recall in my lifetime.
“Their power and lack of concern for people is quite terrifying. Those of us who oppose this desecration of our landscape have fought like tigers to stop it and will carry on fighting until we defeat their outrageous proposals.
“They represent the wickedness we must strive to put aside to enjoy our families and friends through the festive season.”
The line would use 38 metre pylons through Powys, then run underground through part of the Meifod valley before coming back above ground and travelling on 35-metre-tall T-pylons through Shropshire.
Planning inspector Andrew Poulter is deciding on plans to build windfarms in Llanbadarn Fynydd, near Llandrindod Wells; Llaithddu, near Newtown; Llandinam, near Llanidloes; Llanbrynmair, near Machynlleth; and Carnedd Wen, near Machynlleth, with a 132kV overhead electric line connection from a Llandinam windfarm to the Welshpool substation.
Part of the line is to be underground while other parts could be carried overhead on pylons. The pylon network would take over two years to build and work could start by 2019.
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