ANTI-PYLON GROUPS TO SEEK TALKS

28 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

LOCAL authorities and rural residents through Co. Monaghan welcomed the announcement on Monday of the appointment of a top international three-man Commission by the Government to explore the feasibility of placing a new €280 million cross-border 400kV electricity power-link underground, or by overhead power-lines, from the Tyrone border, right across counties Monaghan and Cavan, into Co. Meath.
Monaghan Co Council as well as urban authorities in the county have already fully supported the protracted lobby to prevent the power-lines going overhead, across hundreds of acres of farmland.
An earlier Bord Pleanala planning application dealing with objections by landowners to the overhead cables had to be withdrawn by EirGrid last year after it was revealed by Mid-Monaghan Fine Gael councillor Owen Bannigan, of the Co. Monaghan Anti Pylon campaign group, that erroneous data in relation to the height of the proposed pylons, was presented by EirGrid, which is behind the huge cross-border scheme.
Anti-pylon protest groups in the three counties are now seeking immediate on-the-spot discussions with the new Commission.
A spokesman for the Co. Monaghan Anti Pylon Group said yesterday: “We will be insisting that despite the additional costs involved in placing the cables underground, the environmental benefits for landowners would be enormous.”
EirGrid has, however, claimed that the underground cabling would be “uneconomic and impractical”.
The Commission will have talks with representatives from several local authorities as well as the main farming organisations.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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