A COALITION of councils has formed to fight controversial plans for a network of pylons across the Cumbrian countryside. The “Coordination Group” consists of 12 parish councils – including Seascale, Drigg and Carleton, Bootle, Blawith and Subberthwaite, Gosforth and Ponsonby, Kirkby – Ireleth, Muncaster, Millom town council, Millom Without, Ulpha, Waberthwaite and Whicham. David Savage, chairman of Millom Without Parish Council, which is part of the Coordination Group, said: “This is quite unusual really, because parish councils don’t normally join together like this. “We are usually looking out for our individual parishes. But, we have done this to put more strengthen our position because National Grid seem to think it’s ok to ignore parish councils. “We feel that together we will be a much stronger voice to National Grid and we have sent a letter requesting that they sit down with us and discuss how they are going to engage with us.” The scheme to get power from the proposed new nuclear power plant at Moorside, near Sellafield, has proven controversial, with fears about how it would impact on the county’s countryside.
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