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29.9.98  SPOTLIGHT PRESS RELEASE No. 15

RESISTANCE FIGHTERS ATTEND AGM

160 members attended REVOLT's AGM in Thirsk Town Hall on Thursday 24 September. All continued to press for action to stop construction of the 50 mile route of giant pylons. Endorsing actions already taken during the year, as outlined by Chairman Prof. Mike O'Carroll, members supported unanimously a resolution that REVOLT's policy should be one of "maximum resistance."

NATIONAL GRID CHAIRMAN RENEGES ON MEETING

There was anger when the meeting was told that National Grid Chairman, David Jefferies, had reneged on an offer made in July at the NGG AGM to meet with protesters. David Jefferies who has indicated that he will not attend personally is now also setting a condition on such a meeting that, "there should be an acceptance that the Yorkshire Line is necessary." Peter Johnson who organised the visit to the National Grid AGM said: "This condition was not raised at the National Grid AGM in front of all of their shareholders and seems to have been raised afterwards to ensure no meeting with objectors can take place." He added that National Grid would not allow REVOLT members to record events and has refused to provide a transcript of what precisely was said at their AGM.

PYLON ROUTE MARCH SUCCESS

More than 200 people were against the pylons in the Winton to Borrowby protest march on Saturday 26 September. The start at Winton Bank was well marked by a high extended crane. Passing motorists sounded their horns in protest. The proposed pylon sites were marked by high balloons, scaffolding and hay bales. Old and young alike walked with strong resolve, but in good spirits, along the Cotcliffe valley, an area to suffer major disfigurement if the transmission line is built. They marched with placards, banners, balloons and sandwich boards - joined by Chairman of NYCC Cllr Bill Barton and local Councillor John Dennis - to draw attention to their continued opposition to the pylons. Thanks from REVOLT for all who took part - too many to name, but including Penny Whittome for organising, Margaret Hill, Jane Cuniffe and Ray Liddle for refreshments. The march ended at Borrowby Village Hall where there was an exhibition and an army of helpers serving drinks and sandwiches.

AND FINALLY .... HERE AND NOW!

The protest march added to the excitement of Saturday sport by being televised on at least two channels. More may be televised on BBC TV's HERE AND NOW programme at 7.30 pm on Monday 5 October. We hope they'll help to give a good hearing to the pylon protesters' case.

CONTACTS:

REVOLT & AGM: Mike O'Carroll (01609) 882501 Peter Johnson ( )

PYLON ROUTE MARCH Penny Whittome

Web-site: http://www.revolt.co.uk includes PHOTOGRAPHS.

(For update on 'Possible link between power lines and childhood cancer' as reported at REVOLT AGM visit  http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Info-Office/news/archive/cancer.htm  also linked from website)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22.9.98 REVOLT SPOTLIGHT PRESS RELEASE No. 14

WINTON - BORROWBY PYLON ROUTE MARCH

An anti-pylon demonstration will be held on Saturday 26 September - as a mass walk following footpaths close to the proposed pylon route, from Winton to Borrowby - a distance of about 5 miles. All are welcome, particularly those with placards, etc. Balloon markers, large and small, up to 150 feet high will advertise the locations where National Grid are threatening to erect their unwelcome pylons. As many people as possible are invited to demonstrate their strong feelings and to help to stop the huge pylons ruining the Cotcliffe Valley area, and elsewhere. Assemble for the walk by 11.00 am on Saturday morning, at Winton on the A684 mid-way between Northallerton and Osmotherley. The starting point and car parking South of the road will be sign-posted and marked by a "REVOLTing crane". The walk will finish at Borrowby Village Hall with tea and sandwiches. Transport can be arranged back to the start.
Contact Penny Whittome/Tom Bell.

REMINDER - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF REVOLT

REVOLT's Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 24th September 1998, in Thirsk Town Hall. A good turn-out of members is expected to demonstrate further the strong local resolve to fight the National Grid Company's (NGC) proposals for the 50 mile Lackenby-Picton-Shipton line of giant pylons. REVOLT is still very much in business and hopes to appoint new members to the Committee to strengthen the action that will be needed in the coming months.

The agenda and proposals to be put to the AGM are available on the REVOLT Web-site
or by mail or fax by telephoning .

CONTACTS: PYLON ROUTE MARCH Tom Bell/Penny Whittome

REVOLT/AGM Mike O'Carroll (01609) 882501

Web-site: http://www.revolt.co.uk


15.9.98 SPOTLIGHT PRESS RELEASE No. 13

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF REVOLT

REVOLT's Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 24th September 1998, in Thirsk Town Hall. A good turn-out of members is expected. This will demonstrate further the strong local resolve to fight the National Grid Company's (NGC) proposals for the 50 mile Lackenby-Picton-Shipton line of giant pylons. Chairman of REVOLT, Professor Mike O'Carroll noted that despite the fact that there are still a lot of hurdles for them to overcome, the NGC have indicated their hope that they can start on site early in the new year. Prof. O'Carroll said, "We will stress at the AGM that REVOLT is still very much in business and hopes to appoint new members to the Committee to strengthen the action that will be needed in the coming months." Details of the agenda and proposals to be put to the AGM are available on the REVOLT Web-site http://www.revolt.co.uk or by mail or fax by telephoning .

 

STANDING ROOM ONLY AT KIRBY SIGSTON

There was standing room only at a packed meeting in Kirby Sigston Village Hall on Monday night, 14 September. The meeting was called by concerned residents in the Kirby Sigston/Cotcliffe Valley area and was attended by over 50 people. Their anger boiled over at the tactics being used to try to make affected landowners accept the pylons in their beautiful Cotcliffe Valley - with NGC representatives making statements when they visited landowners suggesting that it was futile to resist the development, and that NGC staff and contractors have immediate rights of access to land - which, it was stated, is not the case. All those at the meeting, chaired by Tom Bell, were adamant that they would fight together against the pylons with every means possible. Plans for this are now in preparation.

 

PYLON ROUTE MARCH

An anti-pylon demonstration will be mounted on Saturday 26 September, arising from the Kirby Sigston meeting. It will take the form of a walk following footpaths close to the proposed pylon route, from Winton to Borrowby - a distance of about 5 miles. All are welcome, with or without placards. Details will be available from Penny Whittome and Tom Bell.

CONTACTS: REVOLT Mike O'Carroll (01609) 882501

Peter Johnson (01845) 537443

email: peter-j@hnson.fslife.co.uk 

KIRBY SIGSTON/WALK Tom Bell/Penny Whittome

Web-site: http://www.revolt.co.uk


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