In the third of a series of meetings with Scottish & Southern Electricity Network officials, Mike Rumbles MSP repeated his opposition to the proposed route for the Blackhillock to Kintore transmission line.
The North East MSP made it quite clear that, while he does not oppose the capacity upgrade, the intended route south of iconic Bennachie is nothing less than ‘environmental vandalism’.
Mr Rumbles said: “The main reason SSE have decided to tear through this unspoiled part of the countryside is cost. But what about the cost to our local environment?
“I thank SSE for sending their team to meet with me again, but it was quite clear from the information they provided that other routes are available through areas that are already ear-marked for development. Such as along the A96 corridor.
“There are issues with whichever course they choose, but the proposed route around Bennachie is the worst of all worlds. I have told them I will oppose these plans at every step of the process unless they change their preferred cheap route to one which is less damaging to the environment.”
- SSEN members in attendance: Danny McMillan (Head of Project Development), Greig Taylor (Lead Project Manager) and Greg Clarke (Corporate Affairs).
- Anti-pylon campaigners SHET and WAPA will be meeting at the Thainstone House Hotel in Inverurie at 9am on Wednesday 14th December 2016.