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REVOLT Newsletter 359

Revolt news 20/09/2012 Print (pdf) Version

1. From the WIK-EMF newsletter of 7 September: National Grid has calculated the magnetic field levels from the new T-pylon design which emerged from last year’s competition. “Its comparison with a conventional line shows that the magnetic field strength is substantially lower directly below the line with the new type, but fairly similar again 20m away from centreline.”

2. From the same WIK-EMF newsletter: With the WinTrack project, the Dutch network operator TenneT showed that, with a circular arrangement of the conductors to these newly constructed pylons, it is possible to reduce the width of the magnetic field around a transmission line from 300 metres to 100. However, directly below the line the magnetic fields are just as high as they are below lines with conventional types of masts. (in German)

3. The September Newsletter from Stour Valley Underground (SVU) leads with support from Alan Titchmarsh, calling for better recognition of the value of landscape. SVU goes on to discuss the Willingness-to-Pay (WTP) research commissioned by NG (news357, 340 etc). Following the Brunswick WTP report of July 2011, a second report dated July 2012 by market research agency Accent has appeared on NG’s website at

4. NG’s Accent review was on WTP for existing lines in National Parks and AONBs. There are mixed results, with polarised views and issues of affordability prominent as the recession lengthens. For shorter projects the survey showed “undergrounding producing an estimated benefit of £13.40 per household per annum, screening of £8.65, T-pylons of £1.75 and re-routing of £0.70” and “WTP for undergrounding 20 miles of infrastructure in AONBs/NSAs rises to £16.27”.

5. The Accent report also finds “The scenario with the highest WTP is a 50 mile programme of undergrounding in AONBs/NSAs. Consumers are willing to pay an additional £20.33 per annum to achieve this level of mitigation. The value of a similar programme in National Parks is not significantly different, at £19.84.” and “About 80% of respondents stated they would pay for at least one of the scenarios they were offered.”

6. The SVU newsletter claims “The amount the public are willing to pay to maintain and restore the natural beauty of the countryside, as revealed by Accent's work is actually way more than is needed. In the case of designated landscapes, three times more, and twice what's needed to fund undergrounding in non designated landscapes such as all that outside the Dedham Vale AONB along National Grid's Bramford to Twinstead pylon corridor.”

7. Seventy year old John Woods is to walk a mile for every year of his life along the proposed north-south Interconnector in Northern Ireland. Objectors’ group SEAT is organising sponsorship and calling for donations. John is starting the walk on Thursday 27th September and will complete the seventy mile trek on Saturday when he reaches Moy. Cheques can be made payable to SEAT Ltd care of Sarah Murphy, 190 Monaghan Road, BT60 4EZ. Donations can be made by PAYPAL at Donate £5 by texting SEAT to 81400. (Texts cost £5 plus one standard text.)

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