What you can do to help – part two

What you can do to help to keep giant pylons out of the Lake District National Park and South and West Cumbria, part two – begin writing. Start with National Grid who have been given the task of linking the new power generating plant at Moorside near Sellafield to the nation’s electricity grid. They have proposed a northern route to Carlisle with only minor variations available in the route. The southern route has 3 options.

  • Completely Offshore with a sub sea cable route to the Blackpool area

  • Follow the whole of the existing route to Kendal passing through Ravenglass, two long sections of the Lake National Park and the lovely Duddon estuary and southern peninsulas.

  • Follow part of the existing route round the Duddon estuary and the Furness peninsula to Barrow in Furness, then by a tunnel under Morecambe Bay to Heysham power station.

You may want to make some of the following points:

  • the Offshore option is best

  • The Onshore pylons are completely out of scale with the surroundings. They will be visible from miles around, both inside the National Park and local residences.

  • the costs for all three options appear the same after allowing for burying cables in the Lake District National Park

  • you are concerned that in other national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty Ofgem has given National Grid £500m to bury cables, why are they proposing new ones in this National Park?

  • Onshore options have routes that could be too near schools and houses.

  • It will not be helpful to the Visitor economy.

Email National Grid at nationalgrid@northwestcoastconnections.com with your views. The public consultation finished at the end of November 2014. However there is a further round of public consultation to come. Then National Grid will finalise their proposal. Following this the Planning Inspectorate will review the proposals and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Continued emails will be evidence that the matter has not got common agreement.

If you copy us into the email using info@powerwithoutpylons.org.uk we will hold a record for possible future use.