26 APR 2012

Dr Dan opposes more overhead pylons in the Waveney Valley

Dr Dan speaks at a meeting with residents in Mendham on the National GridLast 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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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Finance (18 Jan 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money has been returned to consumers by (a) electricity transmission, (b) electricity distribution and (c) gas distribution companies in each of the last four years.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Finance (18 Jan 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money was paid by the Government to (a) electricity transmission, (b) electricity distribution and (c) gas distribution companies in each of the last four years.