A PUB dedicated to fighting plans for a new power line is to change its name in protest.
The Navigation Inn in Maesbury Marsh will become ‘The Pylon Inn’ for one day only on Thursday to raise awareness of proposals for the installation of huge pylons across the region to connect a potential windfarm in Mid Wales to the National Grid.
The venue is also hosting a fundraising evening to help back the ‘fighting fund’ set up by The Alliance, a group of 21 organisations from across Shropshire and Mid Wales which have banded together to fight the proposals, which is paying for a legal representative at an ongoing public inquiry into the plans being held in Welshpool.
Pub owner Brent Ellis said his decision to make such a public protest reflects the strength of feeling among residents who fear their beautiful countryside will be destroyed if the proposals are given the green light.
He said: “We wanted to speak out for ourselves and for the majority of our customers who are against any power lines coming through our community.
“We believe in a more renewable energy policy, but we don’t believe this scheme will produce enough to make up for what we’ll lose.
“We don’t believe the theory is sound, it’s not the way forward,” he added.
Mr Ellis claimed this attitude was not “nimby-ism” - not in my back yard - but just “common sense”.
“We’re fighting for the concerns of the little man.
“We don’t want swathes of pylons across the beautiful countryside.”
He also suggested the amount of money and energy it would take to create the windfarms and connect them to the National Grid would outweigh any real benefits.
l The evening will include a three course themed dinner at 7.30pm, with aptly named courses called ‘Hot Air’, ‘Pie in the Sky’ and ‘Another Fine Mess’, followed by a quiz night at 9.15pm.
Reservations are essential and to book call 01691 672958.