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Stop the Dumfries & Galloway Pylons

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Stop the Dumfries & Galloway Pylons

Please don't build 50 metre tall, high voltage pylons across Dumfries & Galloway.

Why is this important?

- The proposed pylons will be massively visually intrusive in what is one of the few beautiful, unspoiled parts of the UK left.

- They will harm the environment and local wildlife.

- They will be hugely damaging to the tourist sector in Dumfries and Galloway, a key driver of the local economy.

- The pylon line will seriously affect house values and the ability to sell houses for miles around due to its size and visual impact.

- Other alternatives, such as putting the line underground or under the sea, are available and could be adopted.

Dumfries & Galloway

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Reasons for signing

  • Save nature's beauty for future generations - it's all we have and all there is.
  • We need to find an alternative to spoiling this beautiful landscape with huge ugly pylons, by putting cables either underground or under the sea!
  • We must protect our environment as we cannot survive without it.Once changes happen it can be too late to act and greedy companies already have their foot in the door blinded by profits.

Updates

2016-02-23 08:51:03 +0000

See this link. The important line is at the bottom of the article. If a financially weak country like Greece decides to foster tourism and make the place as attractive as possible, why would the government not want to do the same for this area? Only in this case, it would save a lot of money if the line wasn't installed, only to be removed and reinstated underground/under sea later, thus paying for it three times!

2016-01-20 11:27:14 +0000

Permission has apparently been refused to add more turbines to Harestanes Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway on the ground that "there would be significant adverse effects on natural beauty". Although it's difficult to understand how adding 7 more turbines to the existing 68 can have more of an adverse effect than has already been created, nevertheless 50m high pylons must also surely be detrimental to the local landscape. See http://www.dng24.co.uk/no-go-for-extra-turbines/

2015-10-31 14:02:15 +0000

We're not alone!
http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/1008/733299-pylons/

2015-09-28 08:21:13 +0100

The John Muir Trust has sent a strongly worded objection to SPEN regarding the pylon proposal urging them to consider other options, learn from past mistakes and properly consider the feedback they have received in their recent consultation. Well done The John Muir Trust!

https://dumgalagainstpylons.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/john-muir-trust-to-spen-re-dg.pdf

2015-09-23 18:06:10 +0100

See this objection by The John Muir Trust to a proposed similar pylon line in the north of Cumbria in late 2014. I hope they may be persuaded to similarly object to the Dumfries and Galloway pylons.
https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/assets/000/000/333/141127_jmt_response_to_nw_coast_connections_2nd_consultation_original.pdf?1434015550

2015-09-23 07:19:26 +0100

The objection letter by the National Trust for Scotland has been picked up by the Scotsman newspaper.
http://m.scotsman.com/news/environment/national-trust-joins-protest-over-new-giant-pylons-1-3886609

2015-09-07 16:54:43 +0100

The National Trust for Scotland have objected to SPEN's current proposals. You can read their objection lower down the page on this link http://dumgalagainstpylons.org/flash-news/

2015-09-03 11:27:10 +0100

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2014-11-11/pylons-to-be-removed-from-west-country-beauty-spot/

2015-09-02 22:09:02 +0100

An encouraging piece in the BBC News website here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-34126883

2015-08-31 23:04:16 +0100

Joan McAlpine MSP has sent a very well argued and powerful letter to SPEN raising various concerns which have been voiced by her constituents. You can see it here https://www.dropbox.com/s/of0tx08fuah7hiz/Pylons%20joan%20McAlpineSPENresponse.pdf%20Letter.pdf?dl=0

2015-08-28 09:15:19 +0100

Conservative elected representatives for Dumfries and Galloway have written collectively to SPEN with a very powerful letter of opposition to the current plans. In conclusion they have written that "Alternatives to SPEN’s proposals do exist – they must now be rigorously explored".

Thank you to these politicians!

2015-08-26 08:51:32 +0100

Please see this link. http://ree.es/en/press-office/press-release/2015/02/president-spanish-government-and-french-prime-minister-inaugurate-the-electrical-interconnection-Spain-France#.

If it is possible for a Spanish company to put an underground cable right through the Pyrenees why is it not possible for a Spanish company (Scottish Power is Spanish owned) to put an underground (or under sea) cable from Scotland to England?

2015-08-22 15:56:36 +0100

I've been away for a few days, but on getting home I've got a copy of DG Life. Sure enough there is an article. In addition there is a letter and further comment on the next page!

2015-08-08 09:14:41 +0100

Please remember to contact elected representatives to make your feelings known. You can find a list of them here http://dumgalagainstpylons.org/contacting-elected-representatives/.

2015-08-03 16:18:11 +0100

I've just been interviewed by a lady from DG Life magazine. She says that there should be a piece on the pylons in the next edition which is due out in the middle of next week. Keep spreading the word!

2015-07-31 17:23:41 +0100

The Dumfries & Galloway Standard has carried the story about the pylons. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/thousands-sign-petition-against-pylons-6170329 - albeit not entirely accurately.

Please share and ask as many folk as possible to sign the petition. Thank you all.

2015-07-28 09:27:29 +0100

Just to let you know that I've been interviewed by Jackie Grant, Chief Reporter at the Dumfries & Galloway Standard. There will be an article in either Wednesday's or Friday's Standard.

2015-07-27 08:54:44 +0100

We achieved 1000 signatures in just over a week! Let's see if we can get it up to 2000 in a similar time!

2015-07-26 11:58:07 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-07-25 06:58:47 +0100

Please make sure that you let your elected representatives know how you feel about the pylons. You can copy and paste a list of the email addresses of all relevant councillors, MSPs and MPs at Alan Jones website here http://dumgalagainstpylons.org/contacting-elected-representatives/.

2015-07-25 06:55:02 +0100

The public meeting about the pylons which Lower Nithsdale Federation of Community Councils (LNFCC) were organising at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries has been cancelled by them and will not now take place on 5 August at 7.30 as previously advertised.

2015-07-24 23:51:45 +0100

https://www.facebook.com/kirkton.dalswinton?fref=nf&pnref=story

2015-07-24 13:16:48 +0100

Please see this article in DGWGO.org! http://www.dgwgo.com/dumfries-galloway-news/concern-grows-about-giant-electricity-pylons-proposed-to-cross-dumfries-and-galloway/. Keep spreading the word please!
David.

2015-07-23 16:47:41 +0100

The number of new signatures being added is slowing down. Please do what you can to spread the word. Thanks.

2015-07-23 06:38:59 +0100

From dumgalagainstpylons.org:
"the Beauly-Denny 400kV super-grid that no-one wanted achieved over 17,500 objected but was still consented by the Scottish Government. So we need to do better - much better than this and we will only achieve this by everyone getting behind the petition. If you have signed it make sure that you get four other people to sign it as well. Then get them to ensure that each of the four who signed also gets four more to sign. Do this 5 times and you have 1056 signatures, after 6 times you have 4224 signatures and after 8 times you have a massive 67,584. Once more and we will have enough to make everyone, including the Scottish Government, sit up and take notice that we don't want this current proposal. SPEN will have to come back with something that is more sympathetic to people, visual amenity and the environment".

2015-07-22 07:10:57 +0100

516 signatures at 7.00 am on 22 July. Fantastic! Keep spreading the word if you can. Thank you all.

2015-07-21 23:55:33 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-07-21 16:56:47 +0100

Thank you everyone. We've reached 400 signatures in 4 days. Please keep spreading the word. The more people who sign the more influential the petition will be.
David.

2015-07-21 09:15:34 +0100

Alan Jones has added a link to this petition on the front page of his website here http://dumgalagainstpylons.org.

Thank you Alan.

2015-07-20 20:29:54 +0100

We've nearly got 300 signatures. Thank you. If anyone wants to feed back to SPEN directly they can do so through their web form here http://www.spenergynetworks.co.uk/pages/dumfries_galloway_feedback_form.asp

2015-07-19 21:58:08 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-07-19 18:48:01 +0100

Please see this blog. Please support it if you feel able.
http://dumgalagainstpylons.org

2015-07-19 18:31:57 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-07-19 14:58:42 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-07-19 12:49:51 +0100

10 signatures reached