Pylons submissions deadline extension is no surprise

Given the huge level of opposition to Eirgrid’s controversial pylons plan, it is not surprising that the deadline for submissions on the proposal has been extended.

Given the huge level of opposition to Eirgrid’s controversial pylons plan, it is not surprising that the deadline for submissions on the proposal has been extended.

The deadline was originally this week but the company announced on Monday that it has been put back to January 7.

That will not allay the concern, just give opponents longer to prepare detailed submissions on the hugely controversial plan.

In many ways South Tipperary has led the fight against the 46m high pylons which would dot around the countryside if the plan goes ahead.

The two routes under consideration in this area go through some of the most scenic countryside - a fact that has been made clear to the company at well attended protest meetings and marches around the county.

While no one can dispute the need for an electrical supply to meet modern demands, Eirgrid must accept the concerns of people living along the two routes suggested.

And surely they will have to consider running the supply underground as mooted by many, even if it increases the cost.

The time between now and January 7 must be put to full use to reach a consensus.

Michael Heverin

Editor