Powerlines and pylons debate continues

Borad members of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Partnership have expressed “concerns” about Scottish Power’s plans to renew the electircy dupp;y netowrk in Dumfries and galloway.

A spokesperson for the partnership said: “The Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere covers over 5200 square kilometres of the south west of Scotland and its role is to use the UNESCO designation to show that it is a very special place for people and nature.

“Power lines and pylons are required to deliver the basic needs of our communities but the recently published plans for upgrading the old electrical network across Dumfries and Galloway making connections with both South and East Ayrshire regions is an issue that the Biosphere Partnership have many questions over.”

“Members of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Partnership met recently with representatives from Scottish Power Energy Networks to discuss concerns over the proposed Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement project. The larger pylons required to carry the high voltage power lines could have potential impacts on local communities, the regions natural habitats and landscape.”

Joan Mitchell chair of the Biosphere Partnership Board expressed the Biospheres concerns, saying: “The Biosphere is not against appropriate development and recognises the need for upgrading transmission networks to create a locally smart network that is able to benefit local residents and businesses. However, we need to ensure that the impacts locally are outweighed by the benefits the region receives and the initial proposals put forward do not provide that reassurance at this stage.”