REVOLT opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

opposing unnecessary, excessive and intrusive powerline development

REVOLT Newsletter 235

Revolt news 19/09/2007

1. An article in the Independent "Germany warns citizens to avoid using Wi-Fi" http://tinyurl.com/2ynspv  suggests the German Federal Government has made a "ruling" that Wi-Fi should be avoided wherever possible because of the health risks from electro-smog. A check on the German government web sites suggests there is precautionary advice but no directive or ruling. UK officials are to check with the German government.

2. Roger Moller, himself electro-sensitive, reports to us on the charity Electrosensitivity-UK for ES sufferers. A link to the charity will be put on the Revolt web site. Roger also runs a field measuring service Electric Forester. As a matter of policy we prefer not to link to or recommend commercial services. http://www.es-uk.org.uk  http://www.electricforester.co.uk .

3. Warning of an ominous legal move comes from http://www.wind-watch.org/news/  and Skye Windfarm Action Group (SWAG) http://www.sw-ag.org/ . The Court of Session will consider a demand from Highland Council and developers Amec which could establish the precedent that a challenger to a windpark planning decision must prove - in advance - that they have the necessary finances to cover the costs of both parties in the event of defeat.

4. Peter Hillam (remember the rustiest pylon, news183.1) faces a possible court application by National Grid for an injunction to stop him resisting entry on to his land. He says he only resists unreasonable entry, and has allowed contractors to lop trees last year while he has been present to agree it branch by branch. But earlier this month he says he barred the way when NG turned up mob-handed in hard hats, reminiscent of what we saw in Yorkshire. Peter also advises landowners that they can be successful, as he has been, in having NG pay for his negotiating time at 100 per hour.

5. Dermot Finnigan (news225.1, 233.1 etc.), of Sale near Manchester, overlooked by and in dispute as to whether oversailed by NG 400 kV line, has uploaded photos at: http://tinyurl.com/222h7x  

6. The NG Thorpe Marsh to Stalybridge 400 kV line dominates the Upper Don Valley eastwards from Dunford Bridge and Longdendale westwards from Woodhead, trespassing several miles into the Peak District National Park. Following a public inquiry in the 1960s it was undergrounded and surface troughed through the Woodhead tunnels along an old railway, for amenity reasons. The group PLACE (news231.6) is campaigning to have the undergrounding / troughing extended further along the railway track bed, since NG is planning to renew the cables.

7. PLACE has produced an excellent photographic brochure showing not only the Peak District views with the existing grid line, and with it photographically removed, but also examples of 400 kV line surface troughing near the Woodhead tunnels and undergrounding beside the Regents Canal in London. We hope to put these informative and important pictures on the Revolt web site, with thanks and acknowledgement to PLACE. Download brochure

8. Jonathon, from King's Bromley in Staffordshire, highlights a 400 kV NG line passing within about 100 metres of some 40 homes in the village. He writes "The lines actually pass over the back gardens of some houses in the next road to ours ( Lant Close ) and almost over the roofs in some cases. I would estimate that the cables are within 20m of perhaps half a dozen properties and 50m of around 20 properties." He notes daytime spot EMF measurements of 0.5 microtesla at homes 80 metres from the line, and up to 5 microtesla at the closest properties, although the fields fall dramatically after 10.00 p.m.

9. As the line at King's Bromley was installed in 1959, Jonathon believes it should be due for refurbishment, with an opportunity to relocate it at the far side of the field it now stands in. Jonathon suggests "This situation must be replicated nationwide so that any costs required to protect existing homes should be offset against the existing maintenance requirements".

10. With cases like some of the above items, we hope to develop a list for priority removal of existing powerlines. We would be pleased to hear of more cases, noting where possible:
(a) type of line (voltage, number of circuits);
(b) numbers of homes within 60 or 100 metres;
(c) EMF measurements and other sources, e.g. masts;
(d) visual impact on homes and amenity; 
(e) age of line and any refurbishment plans; 
(f) routes for undergrounding or alternative siting; 
(g) photographs; 
(h) any other features or related impacts.

-- Mike O'Carroll

 

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