Beauly-Denny Landscape Group continues to actively dissuade the Scottish Government from accepting the Beauly to Denny 400kV Transmission Line as part of the Public Inquiry that is on-going at the present time. In their March 2009 Parliamentary Briefing which can be seen in NEMT's Website copy of this Newsletter they stated "The Beauly to Denny Line is a 1950s solution when we need 21st century vision."
The six volume Public Inquiry is now with the Scottish Ministers and a decision is expected later this year from Jim Mather, MSP and Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Minister.
The above BDL Group is made up of the Environmental Groups: APRS, John Muir Trust, MCofS, NTS, Ramblers Scotland, SWLG and is supported by NEMT and Cairngorms Campaign. A visit to Highlands Before Pylons Group website, however shows the incredible raft of groups that are also opposed to the imposition of this line onto Scotland landscapes.
Another briefer website, that mostly states the background information is hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy on behalf of the Scottish Executive Inquiry, is www.beaulydenny.co.uk. Further information on the BDL Group Parliamentary Briefing can be sought from Helen McDade of the John Muir Trust or Davie Black, Ramblers Scotland.
With so many cross-lines challenging any clear thinking on this major development, especially at a time when Planning Controls for developments of this magnitude are already under the spot-light, the above groups play a key role in bringing the full picture to public attention and helping separate fact from fiction.
Jennifer A Cook, NEMT General Council
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