Plaid Council Leader asks developer to reconsider pylon plan

Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, Darren Price (insent) opposing pylons along the Tywi Valley
At a meeting today (Monday, 20 Feb) Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Darren Price asked developer Bute Energy to reconsider its highly-controversial plans to erect 27-meter high pylons along the Tywi Valley.

The company wants to erect a new 60-mile 132Kv electricity connection from Nant Mithil Energy Park near Llandrindod Wells, to the existing electricity grid network near Carmarthen.


However the Plaid Cymru council Leader explained that the plan to erect high pylons along the valley conflicts with his authority’s green tourist and leisure economic strategy for the area. The Council is currently developing a £19m. cycle path along the floor of the Tywi Valley between Carmarthen and Llandeilo.


Plaid Cymru's Cllr Darren Price stated:


  “The Tywi Valley has been designated a Special Landscape Area, which is also of ecological, historic and cultural importance. The historic sites include Dinefwr and Dryslwyn castles, and Aberglasne Mansion and Gardens. Erecting a string of high pylons would naturally impact upon the setting of these CADW Grade I listed castles and other historic buildings.


 “The Council is turning its vision of developing the valley’s tourism potential into reality. Central to this is the development of the 16-mile traffic free cycle trail between Llandeilo and Carmarthen, which follows the River Tywi, running through one of the most scenic parts of Wales. We have managed to secure millions of pounds of funding for this path and are actively developing the project as we speak. The proposal to erect 27-meter high pylons along the valley flies in the face of the Council’s vision for the area, so I’ve urged the company to think again.”


Cllr Price added:

“The strength of feeling locally is palpable. In the short time since Bute Energy’s proposals became known, multiple public meetings attended by hundreds of local residents have been held in towns and villages along the Tywi Valley – from Llanarthne to Llandeilo to Llandovery.


“ It’s obvious that residents across the County are united in their opposition to these pylons and as Council Leader I wholeheartedly share their concerns.


“I fully appreciate, and am supportive of, the need to generate clean, green energy, but this must be done in a way which does not destroy our natural landscape and potentially damage our tourism economy. So, my message to the company was clear – you must reconsider your plans by committing to undergrounding these cables in order to preserve the natural beauty of the Tywi Valley for future generations.”


A petition set up by Plaid Cymru Carmarthenshire politicians Adam Price MS and Cefin Campbell MS opposing the pylons, and rather calling for any cables to be undergrounded has gained over 1,700 signatories since its launch last week. To add you name in support, follow the link below:

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  • Aled Hughes
    published this page in News 2023-02-20 19:47:16 +0000

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