Pylon concerns raised at meeting

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Concerned locals crowded out Monymusk Hall last week to voice their worries on SSE’s pylon plans.

Concerns were raised over the sudden announcement in March that SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) will build gigantic 50 metre high pylons from Tillyfourie, past Monymusk and Castle Fraser to Kintore.

SSE claim the pylons will back up the new Beauly-Denny powerline in case it fails, however plans to build that line raised over 20,000 objections.

Fergus McGhie, chair of the lively meeting, said: “We all want light when we push the switch, but this unspoiled and iconic part of Aberdeenshire is renowned for its views and visitors.

“Bennachie attracts 350,000 visitors annually, loss of subsidies and falling demand in Grampian after oil price collapse means that SSE should review need for this line at this time.”

Excellent questions were raised including: “If we object, isn’t that just putting the problem somewhere else?”

Bill Henderson, co-ordinator of CLAMPA, a rapidly expanding group to help people object to these proposals, answered: “SSE want to use 50 year old technology here, instead they could assess modern available methods such as DC seabed cabling which the grid is already installing in the Moray Firth.”

Three prospective MSP candidates spoke - Alexander Burnett (Cons), Sarah Duncan (Lab) and Mike Rumbles (Libdem) who summarized the general view that, “This is the wrong route”.

Mr McGhie closed the session.

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