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Somerset villagers protest against National grid plans

North Somerset villagers have staged a protest against the National Grid's plans to erect 46-metre high pylons in parts of the area.

Participating residents of Loxton, Christon and Webbington say the pylons would spoil the area of outstanding natural beauty.

They also claim the power company has not gone through the proper consultation process.

National Grid says it is examining feedback from a 14-week consultation.

The firm proposes to carry electricity from an existing plant at Hinkley Point to Avonmouth and wants to have the 37-mile route in operation by 2016.

More than 250 people walked from Christon Church to Loxton and Webbington Farm on Saturday in an effort to encourage the company to consider an underground route for the power lines.

The villagers say the company has dismissed 18 out of 20 proposals and rejected a direct undersea route.

National Grid is considering two possible routes and says it is examining feedback including more than 2,000 forms, 1,000 letters and e-mails and nearly 100 telephone calls which, along with engineering and environmental considerations, will determine which corridor is chosen.

A decision is expected in the next two months.

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