Pylon row hits council

Controversial proposals for a new line of gigantic power pylons across the south Suffolk countryside are set to be discussed tomorrow.

SUFFOLK: Controversial proposals for a new line of gigantic power pylons across the south Suffolk countryside are set to be discussed tomorrow.

National Grid is looking to link an extra set of cables between its substation in Bramford, near Ipswich, and a power junction in Twinstead, near Sudbury.

Bosses have said they want to install up to 90 pylons along the route and that overhead lines would be much cheaper and less disruptive than installing an underground connection.

In a report to be discussed by its cabinet tomorrow Suffolk County Council will recommend that if the Infrastructure Planning Commission, which will make the final decision, accepts the case for new overhead lines, option 2b is the way forward because it will cause less environmental damage.

This would see the removal of a line of existing 132kv cables running past Hintlesham and Layham and replacing them with a 400kv line, to run alongside an existing 400kv line already operated by National Grid.

It is also calling for sections of cable that run through environmentally sensitive areas - such as the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley - to be placed underground.