Protest over plans for pylons from Somerset to Bristol
- 3 July 2010
- From the section Bristol
A final demonstration against plans to install overhead high voltage power lines across Somerset up to the outskirts of Bristol has taken place.
People living along the proposed route between Hinkley Point and Avonmouth protested outside National Grid's last public consultation meeting.
Those against the idea want the 400,000 power lines to be buried beneath the ground or laid under the sea.
National Grid said buried power lines would be prohibitively expensive.
Sue Turner, from the Save Our Valley protest group, said: "We still want to hear from them that they recognise that we want the cables to go under the sea.
"If that's technically impossible then they must go underground as soon as they come near people's homes.
"Anything else is just outdated technology - we wont accept it."
The Save Our Valley group is fighting proposals for 160ft (48 metre) high electricity pylons through the valley near Nailsea, Backwell and Wraxall.
National Grid wants to install the pylons to link a new power station at Hinkley Point with Avonmouth.