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Disappointment at NIE Pylon decision

7 July, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Newry Armagh Sinn Féin Assembly member, Cathal Boylan, has said he is disappointed to learn that NIE are proposing to proceed with a planning application for overhead pylons for the northern section of the Cavan – Tyrone Electricity Interconnector.

Commenting, the Sinn Féin MLA said;

‘This has been, and continues to be, an emotive subject for the general public and residents along the proposed route. Sinn Féin has consistently supported an all island electricity supply, but we believe that can be best met by undergrounding the cables.’

‘The public need reassurance of the possible health implications of these 400kv pylons, and as yet NIE have not convinced the residents. There are also concerns for the Environmental Impact 40kms of pylons will have on the rural landscape and the effect this will have on land and property prices. Any planning application has to take into account the visibly intrusive nature these pylons will have, not only on the countryside, but also the communities living within the corridor.’

Mr. Boylan finished by saying;

‘NIE will of course continue to argue that cost is the reason they will choose overhead against underground, and of course we will continue to argue that NIE are a profit making company who will recoup any initial outlay over the lifespan of the project.’

‘Sinn Fein understands the impact this will have on local people and will continue to support residents and communities who have grouped together under groups such as SEAT, (Safe Electricity for Armagh and Tyrone), and NEPP, (North East Pylon Pressure), in this matter. We also urge NIE to be clear in their objectives, if landowners and farmers refuse to co operate, will NIE be of a mind to vest land for this project? Otherwise, how do they intend to push this through when the public are so against it?’

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