Pylons will 'completely destroy area' claim protestors
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Communities, Local Government
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Plans to erect electricity pylons to hook-up Carmarthenshire wind farms to the national grid have been slammed by protestors.
Campaigners and the council are urging that the cabling be buried underground instead.
The company behind the scheme, Western Power Distribution (WPD), would prefer to construct pylons but says it will now consider running the cabling underground after 100 locals voted unanimously against the plans at a public meeting on Monday.
Carmarthenshire Council began an online petition against the pylons last month, the BBC reported.
Speaking to Radio Wales, Angela Marynicz claimed her holiday home business near Pencader had already been badly hit by the wind farms.
She said: "I think it is making a huge impact on everybody around here and if they go ahead and put all the others up it's just going to destroy the area completely.
"People come to see the birds, they don't come to see concrete and wind turbines."
However, Dr Bridget Woodman, a lecturer in sustainable energy policy at the University of Exeter, has claimed even burying the cables will have a high environmental impact.
She said: "Burying cables makes the whole project much more expensive and that will end up being added on to people's electricity bills.
"The physical impact of burying cables underground isn't unsubstantial.
"What you are doing when you are burying the cables is disturbing the subsoil, you are messing with quite a large chunk of land and that has a long-term impact.
"There are quite a lot of pipelines that have gone across Wales and you can see where the pipelines have been laid because the grass and the eco-system on top of where the cables are is very different because the soil has been disturbed."