Last week, Dr Dan spoke at a productive meeting with residents in Mendham on the National Grid’s proposals for a pylon network in the Waveney Valley. Tentative plans have been drawn up by the National Grid which include options for substations to be built at Bramford, Norwich and Lowestoft, to connect up the proposed East Anglia Offshore Wind (EAOW) farm, which will provide electricity for up to 5 million homes.
Dan has always made clear his strong opposition to any more overground electricity pylons being installed in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. The Waveney Valley is an area of unspoilt beauty and is being promoted as a key tourist destination for Suffolk and Norfolk. Although Dan is delighted that the Government is backing Suffolk as a nationally recognised leader in developing the green economy, which will deliver 5,000 local jobs for people across the county, it would be a contradiction in terms if further developing Suffolk’s status as one of the greenest counties meant imposing a network of large pylons in the Waveney Valley. Dan believes that any new power cables must be buried underground or placed offshore as a matter of principle.
He would like to thank James Johnston, Vice-Chairman of Mendham Parish Council for chairing the meeting, along with all of those who attended, and he will be working with fellow MP Peter Aldous to lobby Ministers against National Grid’s proposals in the weeks and months ahead.
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