Joy for Cairngorms protesters as pylons rejected
But Scottish & Southern Energy insisted an upgrade of the pylons was needed to carry the expected upsurge in renewable energy, generated mainly by wind farms, into the national grid. It said burying the line would be too costly.
April 13, 2006
by Frank Urquhart
ANTI-PYLON protesters were celebrating last night after Highland councillors rejected controversial plans for a 137-mile overhead power line stretching from Inverness-shire through the Cairngorms National Park to the Central Belt.
It is now virtually certain that Scottish & Southern Energy's proposals for a £200 million upgrade of the high-voltage link will go before a public inquiry.
Members of Highland Council's planning committee voted unanimously to reject the pylon proposals at a meeting in Inverness yesterday after councillors heard representations from the power company and a number of objectors.
They said the pylons would have... [continue via Web link]