Hundreds pack meeting in fight over power lines

More than 300 people packed into the biggest public meeting yet staged in Shropshire to fight controversial plans by National Grid for a 30-mile-long power line across the region.

And newly-promoted Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told campaigners they could win the battle in Shropshire by winning the fight against windfarms in Mid Wales.

Last night’s meeting in Oswestry, called by Shropshire Council leader Keith Barrow and attended by MPs and councillors from throughout the region, was told support was growing all the time against the National Grid plans.

The power giant wants the 400,000-volt line to run from a new sub-station at Cefn Coch, near Llanfair Caereinion, to Lower Frankton, near Oswestry. It would transfer power from Mid Wales windfarms to the national electricity network in Shropshire.

It will announce next year which parts of the power line will be buried underground and which will be carried overhead on pylons.

But Mr Paterson, MP for north Shropshire, said National Grid would not build the power line if the windfarms did not go ahead.

He said: “I have had it from National Grid they won’t invest in power lines if there is no source of power.”

He encouraged the public to take part in government consultation on energy.

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Comments for: "Hundreds pack meeting in fight over power lines"

Stokey

..and who do you will think will be the first people to complain when the lights go out and they miss their highlight of the week, Strictly Brucie?

Edward

Wind farms are not the answer. They are a blight on the countryside and when placed in the sea off shore.They don't work when there is no wind which is on average 50% of the time.

Jester

By my calculations they do work, on average, 50% of the time then!

Flytrapfan

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/sep/26/myth-wind-turbines-carbon-emissions

This is definately a case for wind turbines and the much needed connection to the grid.

Dave Ward (Meifod)

I really think the lights won't go out because the wind farms, if they come about, will have to be backed-up by conventional (gas, coal, etc) power stations. The wind turbines planned to cover the Mid-Wales uplands won't contribute much to our energy supply, though they will succeed in pushing up everyone's electricity bills and making huge profits for foreign-owned energy companies through subsidies.

The Original Jake

Not wishing to sound rude (and probably failing), but looking at the age ranges represented in this room, the majority of the people in the photos don't strike me as having much of an interest in where the power's going to come from in fifty or a hundred years time when the oil runs out.

Ed

If you are anti power lines then you are anti power. Other people have to put up with them.

Kath

For goodness sake, would they rather have a nuclear power station in their back garden? We need electricity, live with it.

john

'But Mr Paterson, MP for north Shropshire, said National Grid would not build the power line if the windfarms did not go ahead.

He said: “I have had it from National Grid they won’t invest in power lines if there is no source of power.”

Well duh.Nothing gets past Mr Paterson does it?No wonder he got promoted.Maybe he should take a more positive role by supporting his constituency in fighting against the National Grid rather than stating the obvious.

Sally

What's more important- a 'blight' on the countryside or the future of the planet?