Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, has written to Scottish Power Energy Networks urging the management to listen to the views of communities as the consultation on the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project drew to a close yesterday (Monday 31st August).
Mr Hume said:
“In the correspondence I’ve been receiving from residents, there seems to be a few common concerns so far: the scale and size of the proposal on parts of land where no pylons have been before; a large part of the proposal appears not to be of direct benefit to local communities; and some people are saying they were not aware of the proposal and question the consultation process.
“Whilst I can see that there will be benefits in upgrading parts of the existing line as part of this project and I very much welcome this, there are local concerns that large parts of the Galloway countryside will see the installation of pylons that historically have never been there. I do share some of those concerns, particularly as there is a suggestion that the company has not considered other possible routing options.
“It’s vital that the company listens to the views of communities as this project develops and I’ve asked today for assurances that those views will be taken into account as the responses are collated.”