What you can do to help – MPs – part four

What you can do to help – part four – MPs

Write to your MP! It does make a difference if they know the feeling of their constituents. That is an important point. MPs have to give most attention to their own constituents. If you write to another MP they will probably just pass it on to the relevant MP for your constituency. So write to your MP.

It really does not matter nowadays if it is a letter or an email. But please write clearly. The easier it is to understand the easier it is for his staff to classify and record the issues. Please include your full name, address and telephone contact number. Most MPS require this to check that you are in their constituency, and have the ability to contact you. If you do not, you will probably get a response asking you to repeat the email with these details included.

Please make your letter individual – it has much more effect than cutting and pasting a common script. Some ideas you may like to choose from are:

  • It would be best to follow the follow the Offshore option.

  • The proposed pylons are far too large and unsightly for such a beautiful area.

  • You appreciate the need for a link, but we can do better than disfiguring steel fences around the Lake District.

  • Any pylons (anywhere!) need to be sited away from schools, care homes, hospitals and housing – which is very hard on a narrow coastal strip between the hills and the sea.

  • We will have to live with these huge pylons for the rest of this century.

  • Putting the pylons up creates a precedent for renewing them in the future in the Lake District National Park – and then we may never get rid of them.

  • You are surprised to learn that Ofgem has awarded National Grid £500m to reduce the visual impact of pylons in other National Parks and yet National Grid are proposing to desecrate the landscape in the Lake District National Park.

  • You may be worried about low flying aircraft being in accidents – part of this area is a military low flying training zone. The height of the largest pylon is just 50 feet below the lowest height allowed in a military air training zone. An accident waiting to happen.

  • When you add in the relevant costs for reducing the visual impact of these monstrosities, all options come out the same.

  • Following the Offshore option will not harm the healthy manufacturing sector of the local economy.

  • Following the Onshore options could affect the performance of the local Visitor economy

You will probably get an automated reply within a couple of hours. Please do not expect an individual reply to your points. However MPs do monitor the volume of communication on particular issues. The more individual constituents who take the time and trouble to write indicates that there are many more who hold a similar view.

You should also remember that we are in a General Election period. Their attention may be elsewhere at the moment. However should you get a doorstep caller from the MP’s political party, make sure you make your views known on this topic. Also we can repeat this when all candidates are known, mention it to any political doorstep callers and repeat the exercise after the election.

The local MPS most impacted by the southern routes are:

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale available at www.timfarron.co.uk

John Woodcock, MP for Barrow available through www.johnwoodcock.org at the bottom

Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland via www.jamiereed.net

Thank you for your assistance. Please let us know at info@powerwithoutpylons.org.uk that you have told your MP. It gives us more encouragement!