National Grid have announced that their connection from Bridgwater to Seabank will follow Route Corridor 1, Option 1A for the majority of the connection.They are proposing to adopt:
Corridor 2 between between:
- Horsey and Woolavington near Bridgwater;
- Tickenham Ridge and Portishead.
- Avonmouth substation and Seabank substation
They propose to take down the existing 132kV Western Power Distribution (WPD) overhead line between Bridgwater and Avonmouth substations. Full details are at http://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity/MajorProjects/HinkleyConnection
For Nailsea this means taking down one set of pylons to the West of our town and either putting up new, much larger pylons there or perhaps putting the cables underground. We know that all Save Our Valley supporters care about the lovely area where we live. However Nailsea is a small place so massive 46m pylons to the West of Nailsea is as bad as pylons over Backwell Lake and East Nailsea. Decisions will be taken shortly about how the campaign to get the connection West of Nailsea put underground is to be fought. Please can you make a pledge to support our friends and neighbours and keep fighting? There's a long way to go to get the right result for our community - we'll contact you again next week with specific suggestions for your support but in the meantime please stay with the fight.
Save Our Valley was set up in October 2009 up by people living in Backwell, Nailsea and Wraxall who are horrified by National Grid’s plans to build high voltage power lines around our town. We are determined to protect our area from this and any other plans to spoil this beautiful area.
National Grid have been asked to build high voltage power lines to link a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point with Avonmouth. They have proposed two options which would affect Nailsea, Backwell and Wraxall.
- Corridor 1 could replace some of the existing power lines to the west of Nailsea in the Causeway area
- Corridor 2 would build an additional set of lines running south of Nailsea across Youngwood Lane, Backwell Lake, Backwell Common before turning north across Wraxall
How does this affect you?
Backwell Lake - Winter 2008/2009
If Corridor 2 is built, Nailsea would be surrounded on three sides by 160 feet high 400,000 Volt overhead power lines. Backwell will be exposed to these cables for the first time and Wraxall will have them directly overhead.
If Corridor 1 is built, the west side of Nailsea could have some existing pylons removed but new 400kV power lines would be built here.
Very soon, you could be living within 500 metres of a 400 kV overhead power line; a distance some health experts have suggested is too close.
The value of thousands of houses in the area will be dramatically reduced.
What can you do?
- Take a look at the Campaign page and use your voice to Save Our Valley.
- Write to National Grid, the Council and your MP.
- Join as a supporter of Save Our Valley.
Act now – we only have a few weeks left before the National Grid’s new consultation period ends and it’s too late to change their mind.