Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has urged Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) to take all concerns of local people in the region on board before determining final plans and a route for the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project.
Elaine has raised her concerns and those of her constituents with SPEN about the scale of the new structures, which are much larger than the current pylons. She has also suggested that SPEN should seek the least invasive solution which could include under sea and underground cabling.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“Now that the initial consultation period has come to a close, SPEN must look seriously at all of the views and concerns raised by local people in the region. I have been in regular contact with SPEN to pass on my constituent’s concerns and alternative proposals to consider along with the comments made at the various recent consultation events. This is not a ‘done deal’ and objectors should not lose heart – there is still a long way to go before the planning application is determined. Personally, I am not convinced that the current pylons need to be replaced by such large structures, and have suggested that SPEN pursue under sea and underground cabling. I know they are resistant to these suggestions as they are more expensive and maintenance is more difficult, but the views of local residents must come before cost.”