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We don’t care what you think: Grid

Created on 14/07/2011 @ 12:44
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Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies (right) has delivered grim feedback from his showdown talks at Westminster last night after being told by National Grid ‘no matter what the people of Mid Wales think, we intend to carry on’.
Mr Davies has also warned protesters to dig in for a four-year fight against proposals to turn his constituency into a mass energy wind hub after being told that the decision will not be made until 2015.
Mr Davies originally intended to snub the meeting but decided to join fellow MP’s from Shropshire for the showdown talks. But he left the meeting a very unhappy man after declaring the battle to ‘save the countryside’ is only in its infancy and will be a “long war of attrition”.
Commenting following the meeting Mr Davies said:
“As I expected, my meeting with National Grid achieved very little. They informed me that they were contractually obliged to continue promoting their destructive proposals – I told them I would do everything in my power to stop them. National Grid also made clear that the opinions of local Councillors or of the National Assembly carried no relevance, and no matter what the people of Mid Wales think, they intend to carry on. My view is that we still live in a democracy and that the Mid Wales Connection Project will be stopped.
“It is clear that the National Grid delivery timetable has had to be greatly extended and now they are looking to 2015 for a final decision with construction to follow. My view is that the people of Mid Wales should simply refuse to vote for any Councillor in 2012 or any MP in 2015 who will countenance the wanton destruction of Mid Wales by these horrific power lines. This is going to be a long war of attrition.
“Our meeting also clarified the cost of undergrounding the cable should it be built. Previously we had been given all sorts of costs but the reality is that the cost of undergrounding would be just 3 times the cost of a line of pylons.”
Residents were left stunned last year after the true extent of power plans revealed that up to 800 100-metre turbines, a huge substation and 100 miles of power cabling and pylons would be built in previously untouched countryside.
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