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Proposals for new pylons across Somerset 'flawed'

Plans for 46-metre high pylons to be built from Avonmouth down to Hinkley Point in west Somerset are "fundamentally flawed".

At a full county council meeting, councillors said National Grid's consultation into the proposals had excluded many local people.

The council has now called for National Grid to make all relevant information available for a new consultation.

The energy company said it had been consulting the public on the plans.

'Sucking straw'

Protestors against the pylons had earlier on in the meeting called for a judicial review into the consultation however the council ruled it out, saying it would be too costly.

Councillor Anthony Trollope-Bellew said: "The National Grid seem to think everyone in Somerset walks around sucking straw and saying 'oo arrgh'."

The council report noted the consultation period was carried out over the holiday period and the proposal was "premature" since the government was undergoing a national energy review.

It also added that on environmental grounds alone, the proposals were "unacceptable".

National Grid said it is examining feedback from a 14-week consultation and that a full proposal would not be ready until 2011.

"We have done everything we can to encourage people to feedback and give their thoughts and opinions," added the spokesperson.

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