Damaging plan for South Wales common withdrawn

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We are pleased that Western Power Distribution (WPD) has withdrawn its proposal to place 15 electricity poles with an overhead line across Gwaun Cae Gurwen Common three miles north of Pontardawe in Neath Port Talbot.

WPD had sought consent from Welsh ministers for works on common land under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.

We objected because of the adverse effect which the poles and electricity line would have on the open common. Walkers and riders have rights to roam over the common and their enjoyment would be impaired. The common is close to a number of settlements and is a valuable recreational resource for those who live here.

WPD has now said that it is withdrawing the application because it is pursuing an alternative option.

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