BURNHAM MP David Heathcoat-Amory has thrown his backing behind a new campaign opposed to plans for a corridor of pylons in the area.

The Pylon Moor Pressure group has been set up by villagers living near one of the two proposed routes for the pylons, which would link the new Hinkley Point development to the electricity transmission system in Avonmouth.

Opponents say the pylons would be a blot on the landscape and could hamper the local tourist trade.

Mr Heathcoat-Amory turned out at a meeting held at Mark Primary School where he said: “It is evident from the large amount of people here how committed local residents are to fighting this every step of the way.”

He added: “Another solution has to be found other than those that have been so far been put forward.” National Grid says the connection would have to be carried out in the most economical and efficient way possible and a consultation period is taking place until January 8.