Pylon plan abandoned

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A DECISION to abandon plans for new electricity lines carried by giant pylons crossing the Ribble Valley haas been welcomed by Ribble Valley Conservtives.

Coun. Ken Hind commented: “The developers for two new energy projects in Lancashire have cancelled the connection agreements they had with National Grid.

“These projects comprise the proposed new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station in Thornton Cleveleys on the Fylde Coast (Wyre Power) and the proposed new nuclear site at Heysham (EDF).

“The National Grid have carried out a review and six options remain, any new connection coming south from Moorside – the proposed new nuclear power station near Sellafield in West Cumbria – will terminate in either the Heysham or Quernmore area, rather than a site further inland in Lancashire.

“Ultimately this means that the need for any new infrastructure in Lancashire will be scaled back significantly and the Ribble Valley local authority will no longer be directly affected by any of the options being considered.”

Welcoming the decision, Coun. Hind added: “This is extremely good news for Ribble Valley and the Trough of Bowland, which will no longer be under threat for new electricity lines. The alternative route skirting Longridge, Ribchester, Copster Green and Wilpshire will also not be required. The area of outstanding natural beauty, which is a large part of the Ribble Valley, will be open to the public and residents to enjoy without being scarred by giant pylons.

“The consultation on the remaining six route options continues until July 19th and all those concerned should make representations on the impact of these lines to other parts of rural Lancashire.”