National Grid have announced that they had 8000 responses to the December 2016 consultation, and 2300 people attended their public events.
This is a great result, especially compared with the 2014 consultation when there were around 1200 responses. It reflects the efforts of the many people who raised awareness in their communities, ran advice sessions, canvassed, printed and delivered leaflets, put up posters and banners and helped and encouraged neighbours, family and friends to respond. Well done to everyone who responded and helped in any way.
Several hundred ‘no pylons’ protesters met for a rally in Kirkby on New Year’s Day at John Woodcock’s initiative. The MP and his two young daughters set out with a large group from Broughton to walk along part of the proposed pylon route. Another group walked along the beach from Askam. Organised by the MP’s office with support from PWP, the event served to highlight the pylons issue and urge individuals to respond to the consultation by the deadline.
John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Furness captures a selfie with protesters against the proposed Giant pylons to carry the power from the new nuclear power station down through Cumbria to Heysham in Lancashire. 1st January 2016. PICTURE MILTON HAWORTH (07731-707239)
The pylon protest marches through Cumbria to protest against the gIant pylons proposed to carry power from the new nuclear power station being built at Moorside in Cumbria. 1st January 2016. MILTON HAWORTH.
National advertising – thanks to massive support from CGP, a major employer in Broughton-in-Furness and the surrounding area, adverts are being placed in the local and national press. They are aimed at encouraging people to object to National Grid’s proposals before 6th Jan 2017. They will appear in the Westmorland Gazette on Thursday 15 December and the next two weeks, in the North West Evening Mail on Saturday 17 December and the next two weeks, and also in The Times and The Telegraph on Saturday 17 December. New flyers are also being distributed in areas not previously targeted. Look out for lots more banners and posters too, now that the ‘say no to pylons’ campaign has been given such a great boost.