We fight electricity line across South Wales common

3 January 2018

Western Power Distribution hopes to site an overhead electricity-line, with 15 poles, on a South Wales common.

The proposed electricity-line would run for nearly a mile across Gwaun Cae Gurwen common, about three miles north of Pontardawe in Neath Port Talbot.  Because the line would affect common land, Western Power Distribution must obtain the consent of Welsh ministers, via the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.

Western Power wants the 11kv overhead line because it will connect to a wind turbine at Perthi Gwynion Farm, Rhydyfro near Pontardawe.

We consider that the line will be an eyesore and will spoil the enjoyment of walkers and riders who have access rights across this open common.  The common is an important recreational resource for people in the nearby towns.

Mynydd y Garth, about a mile south of the site. ©Copyright Geraint Smith and licensed for reuse under creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

An overhead line, with 15 poles across the common, will spoil its rural nature.  It should be kept free of industrial clutter.

We have urged PINS to reject the application.