Village meeting over pylon plans
A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Portbury for villagers to learn more about National Grid’s plans to place a new power line near the village.
It will take place at the village hall in High Street at 7.30pm on December 6. Members of the parish council will be there along with representatives of National Grid.
The people of Portbury were left shocked when the latest proposals from the energy giant for the 400,000 volt line revealed it running very close to homes in the village.
When the proposed route corridor for the line was published in September 2011, this showed the line would head toward a substation to the north of Portishead on its way between Tickenham and Avonmouth, before heading west toward Pill and then crossing the River Avon.
But the new route has cut out the need to connect with the Portishead substation, meaning the proposals could see the line running parallel with the M5 towards Avonmouth, taking it straight through the parish of Portbury.