Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affair spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today declared victory in his campaign to highlight the environmental damage caused by a prospective pylon project in the North East of Scotland.
Mr Rumbles was due to lead a debate, scheduled for Tuesday 7th February, criticising Scottish & Southern Electricity Network’s proposed pylon line across Aberdeenshire. However SSE have confirmed in an email to Mr Rumbles that they have now been told by the National Grid ‘not to proceed’ with the project.
Mr Rumbles said:
“SSE have said that it is important to note that this does not necessarily signal the end of the need for the transmission line at some point in the future, as they do look at this on annual basis. However, I am delighted that the campaign has been successful in highlighting the environmental damage this could do to our area of Aberdeenshire. This could not be better news.”
“My debate in Parliament, will still go ahead because I want to highlight the fact that if this ever comes back on to the table in future years, SSE’s plans as proposed would have been environmental vandalism and simply unacceptable.
“I would particularly like to thank all the campaigners in Aberdeenshire who have raised their concerns with me and all my Parliamentary colleagues who have supported my motion on the Blackhillock to Kintore transmission line.”