Plans for Ribble Valley electricity pylons are scrapped

A DECISION to scrap plans for giant pylons across the Ribble Valley has been welcomed by the borough’s Conservative group.

Proposals for two new energy plants in Lancashire have been cancelled, meaning the need for new infrastructure will be scaled back and the Ribble Valley will no longer be directly affected.

The huge structures had been planned to transfer electricity from a new generation of low carbon power plants and to connect nuclear power stations, such as Sellafield and Heysham, and new windfarms to the national grid.

It was thought the route would pass through the Hodder and Ribble Valleys, from Quernmore through the Trough of Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Whitewell, Cow Ark, Bashall Eaves, Great Mitton, Whalley, Billington, Read and Padiham.

Coun Ken Hind, from the Ribble Valley Conservatives, said: ‘’This is extremely good news for the Ribble Valley and the Trough of Bowland, which will no longer be under threat for new electricity lines.

“The alternative route skirting Longridge, Ribchester, Copster Green and Wilpshire will also not be required.

"The area of outstanding natural beauty, which is a large part of the Ribble Valley, will be open to the public and residents to enjoy without being scarred by giant pylons.”

A consultation on the remaining six route options, which may affect other parts of rural Lancashire, will continue until July 19.

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12:55pm Wed 30 May 12

Noiticer says...

What a relief!
What a relief! Noiticer

1:14pm Wed 30 May 12

A Darener says...

Noiticer wrote:
What a relief!
Until we run out of electricity!
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: What a relief![/p][/quote]Until we run out of electricity! A Darener

7:45pm Wed 30 May 12

Mrs Greenkeepers Back says...

I should think so, hideous things.Now lets remove all the others blighting the skyline.
I should think so, hideous things.Now lets remove all the others blighting the skyline. Mrs Greenkeepers Back

7:12pm Fri 8 Jun 12

2 for 5p says...

That's a shame
That's a shame 2 for 5p

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