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MP confident power line plans will be scrapped

Published date: 31 July 2014 |
Published by: Reporter
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Glyn Davies MP 

A TORY politican remains confident that National Grid will have to pull the plug on plans to build a controversial pylon line through Mid Wales and into Shropshire.

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies met with representatives of National Grid this week to request that they abandon the Mid Wales Connection Project.

The scheme will see the construction of a hub at Cefn Coch, Powys, which will then connect to Lower Frankton in using large 400kv metal pylons, through the Vyrnwy Valley.

The connection is required to carry electricity from a number of proposed windfarms and has attracted huge levels of opposition from local residents.

Mr Davies said National Grid had rejected his calls to suspend the project but that he would now approach the Government Minister, Eric Pickles.

He said “I wanted to formally ask National Grid to suspend the Mid Wales Connection Project until they were certain it was needed, because of the great stress and worry it causes for many people.

“I also complained that their consultation process is completely inadequate and local councils and bodies had no chance to respond to their scoping document.

“They refused on the grounds that they are contractually obliged to the windfarm developers to take the scheme forward.

“The only way it can be suspended is by the secretary of state, Eric Pickles. I have spoken to him and will meet him in September to formally ask him to suspend the project.”

Mr Davies also said that changes to subsidy arrangements for energy projects mean he is more confident than ever that the Connection Project will be scrapped.

He continued: “My next step is to speak to Eric Pickles but there was a very significant change in the funding mechanism for windfarms last week. What it means is that now developers have to compete against other technologies and projects for subsidies.

“The reason I have changed my position from thinking we stand a chance to thinking we will win is because I knew this change was coming.”

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