Hundreds of lorries could plough through the middle of Montgomeryshire to “disastrous” effect if plans for wind turbines and pylons are approved.
National Grid will visit Welshpool for the first time next week when they will discuss with residents the effects that a £300 million, 33-mile pylon route between Cefn Coch and Oswestry will have on the town.
The pylon route has been drawn up by the energy company to connect power created if windfarm proposals at Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair, Carnedd Wen and repowering Llandinam -if they are passed by the British Government after the General Election in May.
The planned development would see a sub-station at Cefn Coch which would require seven heavy loads which would need escorting through the centre of Welshpool.
There would also be hundreds of smaller lorry loads carrying cranes and other parts needed for the building of each of the pylons.
The route for all this traffic and work traffic to the sub-station site would be along the A483 through Llanymynech and Welshpool before leaving town on the A458 towards either Castle Caereinion or Llanfair Caereinion.
County Councillor Francesca Jump urged residents to attend the events to oppose plans which she considers to be “disastrous” for the town.
She said: “I think that everybody should turn out and have their say so that National Grid realises the impact their plans will have in Welshpool.
“It would be disastrous to have these lorries down our narrow country lanes which are not suitable for the traffic.
“The delays are bad enough now so if these plans are passed it would be horrendous and we must make this clear to National Grid.”
National Grid will be holding the consultation events regarding the pylon plans on Thursday, March 26, in the Welshpool Tourist Information Office and on Monday, March 30, in the Welshpool Library. On both dates the times are 2pm to 7pm.
There will be National Grid staff in attendance and feedback forms will be available for residents to fill in.
Chairman of Welshpool Town Council’s planning committee, Stephen Kaye, said that the council has always objected to windfarms and urges National Grid to find an alternative arrangement.
He said: “It is the first time that National Grid have come to Welshpool but I think they are only coming to satisfy the town council.
“This is five years down the line and Welshpool Town Council has always said no to this scheme.
“These companies don’t care, they have spent millions on these projects to get them to where they are now so they couldn’t give a monkeys what the people of the town think.
“They don’t care about the mess they leave the neighbouring towns, countryside or roads in and I have to say there is more negatives than positives.
“These are big bully companies and a lot of people don’t know what is going on or what they have planned.”
Cllr Kaye said that instead of using wind energy he would rather see waste to energy scheme adopted.
He added: “I would also rather see energy created by burning rubbish as this would reduce landfill with enough power generated from the steam to run half a town which is a scheme Potters could run.”
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