We fight electricity line across Bridgend common

15 March 2017

The line runs quite close to Pen y Foel. © Copyright Neville Goodman and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Western Power Distribution intends to site an overhead electricity line, with 16 poles, on a South Wales common. The society has objected.

The proposed electricity line would run for more than a mile across Mynydd Llangeinwyr common, the upland between Cwm Garw and Cwm Ogwr Fawr about six miles north of Bridgend. Because the line will affect common land, Western Power Distribution must obtain the consent of Welsh ministers, via the Planning Inspectorate, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.

We believe that the line will be an eyesore and will spoil the enjoyment of walkers and riders on this wild, open common.

The public has the right to walk and ride on this common, which is a lung for the residents of the valleys. An overhead line, with 16 poles marching across this common, will spoil the common’s unique qualities as well as the public’s enjoyment of it for fresh air and exercise.

Western Power says that it has a duty to connect the Pant y Wal wind farm in the Ogmore Vale to the distribution network, and we have recommended that it put the line underground where it crosses the common.