No Pylons in Montgomeryshire

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It would seem that people power is alive and kicking.  Anti-pylon campaigners in Montgomeryshire will be celebrating this evening with the announcement from the First Minister, Carwyn Jones that the Welsh Government will be setting limits on rural windfarms and so Montgomeryshire Pylons and sub-stations are not needed.

The First Minister said,

” My Government would not support the construction of large pylons in Mid Wales and my Ministers are pressing this case with National Grid Transmission and with Ofgem”

The statement can be read in full here.  This has been a fast moving campaign which has found success faster thatn many had expected.

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3 thoughts on “No Pylons in Montgomeryshire”

  1. It has been a remarkable change and very welcome but standing apart from the issue, it has been a great defeat for apathy. Given the choice between sitting at home watching “So you think you can Strictly Talent Factor”, people from all walks of life and all political persuasions have spent untold hours meeting in freezing cold barns, poring over inpenetrable maps, reading and sending thousands of emails and often discovering that they have far more in common with one another than was previously thought.

  2. You are right Myfanwy, this is a victory against apathy. I do hope this might get many more people involved in decisions being made at Cardiff Bay, and Westminster. It would seem that one off-shoot for this is that planning for energy generation over 50MW could be devolved to Wales.

  3. I was half-listening to the “Today” programme on Radio 4 this morning, when a report came up about this. In many respects, it was a classic piece of BBC reporting – trying so hard to balance differing sides, that the overall effect was confusion.

    Anyway, it began with a woman who loved wind farms, spoke to someone else and then on to a couple who own a holiday cottage business and were worried, unsurprisingly, about the impact a row of pylons would have on their business. I’m not sure, but I think the person they spoke to was called Myfanwy – possibly the same Myfanwy who commented earlier?

    The report was pretty clear that there would be largescale development of windfarms between Llanfair Caereinion and Carno, and it said that the existing grid would not be capable of handling the increased output. A new substation covering 20 acres would be needed, as well as pylons to carry the electricity.

    Also in classic BBC reporting of Welsh matters for a largely English audience, it ended by saying that nobody lived in the area, apart from sheep, and they wouldn’t object, would they?

    Has the BBC just got it all plain wrong?

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