As National Grid begin their next stage of consulting on the transmission of power from Wylfa nuclear power station, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM is vowing to continue to oppose new overhead lines and is calling on the people of Anglesey to stand firm and speak with one clear voice about the need to look for alternatives:
“Anglesey has spoken clearly on this matter and we do not accept that overhead lines are the only option. National Grid admits that an alternative such as an undersea cable would be technically feasible, though challenging, but it’s cost that seems to be the key factor. That means that the people of Anglesey – through the impact on their landscape, the value of their property and the local tourism industry – are being asked to subsidise energy prices for the rest of the UK.
“In a week where we are remembering the imposition on Wales of a reservoir drowning Capel Celyn in the Tryweryn valley, the people of Anglesey are being made to feel increasingly powerless to protect their communities.
“We have called consistently for the undersea option which time and time again has been rejected. All options should still be on the table – undersea and underground.”