Fresh hope in pylon fight

CAMPAIGNERS have put forward plans to remove the need for a new electricity sub-station to be built near Sudbury.

Stour Valley Underground (SVU), an action group opposed to electricity pylons, has asked National Grid to put in an underground cable from Braintree to Castle Hedingham, which would do away with having to build a sub-station at Twinstead.

The-sub station is part of National Grid’s proposal to build a new 400,000 volt line of electricity pylons between Bramford and Twinstead.

David Holland, chairman of SVU and a Twinstead parish councillor, said: “This new line would connect to and deliver power to the north-going electricity distribution line instead of the National Grid proposed sub-station.

“We are told that this proposition is currently being considered by both National Grid and the local distribution network operator, UK Power Networks, which are in negotiation with one another and are both currently unwilling to comment on this proposal.”

Mr Holland said if the group’s plan was adopted, it would make all 132kv pylons at Twinstead redundant, and bring “huge” environmental benefits.

“Undergrounding a 132kv cable of the capacity needed would not be challenging, nor in the context of this project overly costly in the view of one of National Grid’s consultation representatives.”

He added: “If adopted, it could make National Grid’s proposals far more acceptable to communities and indeed to the planners when you consider the recent precedent set by the rejection of proposals for a similar, rurally-located sub-station in Norfolk.

“That planning application was refused by two Secretaries of State, Chris Huhne and Eric Pickles.”

HOPEFUL: David Holland