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Pylon plan could be a ‘catastrophe' for tourism

Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson, has described the prospect of this happening as ‘catastrophic' - adding it could affect tourism to market towns such as Horncastle. "It is not acceptable for multi-national companies to overpower small communities by forcing their plans upon them," she said.

Pylons could blight the Lincolnshire landscape

Plans to bring a 50-mile stretch of power pylons to the county - which could blight views of the Lincolnshire Wolds - have been met with fierce resistance.

East Lindsey District Council met with the National Grid on Friday to discuss the possibility of these electrical giants being erected near the county's east coast, fringing this Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which takes in villages such as Belchford, East Kirkby, Greetham and Donington on Bain.

Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson, has described the prospect of this happening as ‘catastrophic' - adding it could affect tourism to market towns such as Horncastle.

"It is not acceptable for multi-national companies to overpower small communities by forcing their plans upon them," she said.

"They have no concept of what this will do for our economy and the local landscape.

"Along with our local community we will object to any proposal that will see out wonderful rural communities industrialised."

RWE NPower Renewables wants to construct Triton Knoll Wind Farm, off the Lincolnshire coast, and is... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Pylons could blight the Lincolnshire landscape

Plans to bring a 50-mile stretch of power pylons to the county - which could blight views of the Lincolnshire Wolds - have been met with fierce resistance.

East Lindsey District Council met with the National Grid on Friday to discuss the possibility of these electrical giants being erected near the county's east coast, fringing this Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which takes in villages such as Belchford, East Kirkby, Greetham and Donington on Bain.

Leader of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson, has described the prospect of this happening as ‘catastrophic' - adding it could affect tourism to market towns such as Horncastle.

"It is not acceptable for multi-national companies to overpower small communities by forcing their plans upon them," she said.

"They have no concept of what this will do for our economy and the local landscape.

"Along with our local community we will object to any proposal that will see out wonderful rural communities industrialised."

RWE NPower Renewables wants to construct Triton Knoll Wind Farm, off the Lincolnshire coast, and is currently going through the planning process.

The company has said they would deliver the power generated by the wind farm to the National Grid via underground cables.

But there are fears that National Grid could decide to erect the pylons in order to connect the electricity to the area.

The consultation period has just ended on a 40-acre substation to be built on one of three possible sites: west of Sloothby, Welton/Orby or Monks Thorpe.

Effects on tourism and the visual impact of the pylons are the biggest concerns for this area.

Stuart Parker, area secretary for Lincolnshire Ramblers Association, which has a group in Horncastle, is worried about the impact the plans could have on the area's reputation as a good walking location.

He said: "We will be very concerned if there was going to be such an eyesore in the area. As soon as you hit the Wolds, I can imagine you would be able to see these pylons and it would ruin the views."

The National Grid said: "As and when we receive definite proposals for offshore wind farms in the North Sea we will follow this process and consult local people, but at this stage plans are only at the drawing board."

Project manager at RWE NPower Renewables, Jacob Hain, said the second phase of public consultation for the Tritton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm development is planned for Spring 2011.

He said: "This will be a comprehensive consultation covering the whole of the development, including both onshore and offshore elements, in anticipation of the submission of our planning application to the Independent Planning Committee (IPC) later that year."


Source: http://www.horncastlenews.c...

OCT 6 2010
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