Call to get pylon plan back to the drawing board

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People  are being urged to lobby councillors and MSPs before power giant SSEN applies for planning permission to build a new switching station on the banks of Loch Awe.

The call comes from Glen Orchy and Innishail Community Council convener John Kerr in a long-running battle between anti-pylon campaigners and the energy company.

SSEN will also be applying for approval to build a new overhead transmission line with 200m pylons between Cladich and Dalmally, to join the Scottish Power Networks (SPN) overhead transmission line between Cruachan and Glasgow.

SSEN has been consulting on the project since 2016 but the community council has  pledged to fight proposals ‘tooth and nail’.

Mr Kerr said Dalmally and Loch Awe residents are completely opposed to the ‘monstrous industrialisation’ of their fragile communities.

‘We now learn that within the National Park and other areas of high landscape value, SSEN are choosing to underground existing and new transmission networks. Yet in Dalmally we are to be forced to look at, or live under overhead transmission lines and pylons, 200 metres in the air, oversailing our spectacular countryside of mountains, lochs and glens.

‘Stand up and badger your local councillors to object. Stand up and ask your Scottish Parliament Members to make sure that discrimination of any kind is not acceptable when considering planning approval! Let’s get this proposal back to the drawing board to find a fair and just solution.’