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MP meets Minister over Energy plans

Created on 20/07/2011 @ 13:35
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Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies has met with Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Charles Hendry, to discuss the implications of National Grid’s ‘Mid Wales Connection Project’.
And following the highest level meeting yet, which was attended by Shropshire MPs, Owen Paterson, Daniel Kawczynski and Phillip Dunne, Mr Davies again warned that Montgomeryshire was in for a long ‘fight’.
Last week Mr Davies said it could be 2015 before a decision is made to press ahead with massive Energy plans to construct hundreds of wind turbines, a substation, cabling and pylons through his constituency.
And this time the Minister warned the MPs that “there is a long way to go”.
Following the meeting, Mr Davies said:
“I’m grateful to the Minister for agreeing to a private meeting to listen to my strong concerns about National Grid’s Mid Wales Connection Project.  I was pleased that the Minister reassured us that there remains a long way to go before this issue is decided, and that this proposal is far from ‘cut and dried’.
“In particular, I was greatly reassured that decisions relating to the 20 acre sub-station will definitely be taken in Wales - by Powys County Council and the Welsh Government (if appealed). Sub stations and high voltage cables will sometimes be treated as one project, but such arrangements will not be considered across the England/Wales border.
“I am totally committed to killing off National Grid’s Mid Wales Connection Project, and will continue to support the massive local ‘People’s Protest’ to ensure it happens.”
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