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Cairngorms National Park: local communities invite to air views on pylon proposals

27th March 2006

Communities in the Cairngorms National Park, which could be affected if Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) proposed Beauly to Denny powerline upgrade goes ahead, are being invited to air their views at a drop-in meeting later this week.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is currently pulling together its consultation response to the Scottish Executive.  The Park Authority is asked to comment on the section of the powerline that SSE proposes will go through the Park.

The proposed route crosses the Cairngorms National Park from the end of the Corrieyairack Pass, down through Glen Shirra to Kinloch Laggan and Inver Pattack.  From here it goes over the hill to Cathar Mor and Dalwhinnie and then down the A9 to the Drumochter Pass.

Norman Brockie of the CNPA’s Planning and Development Control team explained: “We have received many letters from locals and from people out with the area on this issue.  We have also received around 4,000 representations via the Cairngorms Revolt Against Pylons group. However, we want to give local communities, especially those most likely to be affected, another chance to let us hear their views, concerns and suggestions. This week’s meeting is an informal drop-in session where people can view maps, air their concerns and put forward their suggestions.  There will be a cup of tea for everyone who pops in and Park Authority staff will be on hand to discuss the issue.”

The meeting takes place at the Kinloch Laggan Hall on Thursday 30 March from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.

A report on the CNPA’s consultation response will go before the Park Authority’s planning committee on Friday 21 April in Laggan.  The deadline for submission to the Scottish Executive is Friday 28 April.