A FAMILY say their home is under threat after discovering a controversial powerline will rip through the garden.
Parish councillor Tony Milner, his wife, Linda Rickards, and their 12-year-old daughter, Laura, were only informed that the National Grid will drive its 33-mile 400 kV overhead line through the grounds of their Maesbury Marsh home, when a letter arrived on Tuesday morning, the same day as the energy firm announced its draft route to the public.
The announcement also revealed that underground cabling will only be used on an eight-mile stretch through the Meifod Valley, with the remaining three quarters of the 33-mile line, including the section sweeping Oswestry, still be visible.
It will be used to link a proposed windfarm at Cefn Coch with the existing Lower Frankton substation.
Ms Rickards said it raises major concerns for the family regarding health, noise and visual impact.
She told the Advertizer: “On Tuesday we felt dumbstruck, frustrated, depressed. We will never be able to enjoy our house or our garden again.
“We have been living here 13 years. We chose it because it is quiet and surrounded by wildlife by the Montgomery Canal. But this will have a massive effect on the value of our property.
“We feel we are little men and nobody will listen to us. They are riding roughshod over us,” she added.
The family are also members of Shropshire North Against Pylons (SNAP), which joined others from across Shropshire and Powys earlier this year to form The Alliance, an organisation which is currently taking part in the ongoing inquiry into whether a windfarm is necessary.
Ms Rickards, who said she will attend forthcoming consultation events, continued: “Nobody has ever been to speak to us about this. We knew we were in the corridor [for the draft pylon route], but we did not know they were going to go through our garden.
“They said in the letter they would be in touch, but we are still waiting to hear from them.”
Project Manager Jeremy Lee said efforts had been made to reduce the impact by keeping the route away from villages, using hills and trees as natural backdrops, and implementing new T-pylons which are shorter than conventional structures.
He commented: “Local communities and landowners can influence the detailed design of our proposals and we’re now asking people in the area for their views. This feedback is really important and will help us understand how we can further reduce any effects of our work.”
Details of the consultation events are available at www.nationalgrid.com/midwalesconnection or by calling 0800 019 5325.