Nestling at the foot of the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, the parish of Compton Bishop comprises the settlements of Cross, Newtown, Rackley, Webbington and of course Compton Bishop itself.

Compton Bishop nestles in an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), visited by many who appreciate the beautiful breath-taking scenery. The parish has a network of more than 13 miles of well-used public footpaths, bridleways and permissive paths which provide a wonderful variety of routes with Crook Peak and Wavering Down dominating the sky-line. This area of The Mendip Hills is owned and cared for by the National Trust and provides a peaceful recreational space for all who visit.

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Calls for re-think over National Grid's plans for massive pylons over the Somerset Countryside.

A petition to the House of Commons has been published and is being distributed to all the residents of Badgworth, Compton Bishop and Mark Parishes.

In view of the delays to EDF's construction of Hinkley C Power Station gives an opportunity to re-consider the newer technologies for sub-sea or Gas Insulated Lines. These options are viable and would have less impact on our countryside.

Please respond to this petition by 23rd October.

The text of the petition is : 

Declares that the electricity transmission line to be built between Hinkley C Power Station and Avonmouth will have a significant and adverse impact on the visual amenity of this area; further that it will cause significant disruption during construction; further that it will damage the local tourist industry; and further that it fails to employ the most recent technologies for transmitting electricity underground or under the sea.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to use the delay in construction of Hinkley C as an opportunity to re-evaluate the strategic options available for the Hinkley Connection Project and to direct that an undersea solution in the Bristol Channel be used instead.

The public's support for this was demonstrated at the first stage of National Grid's Consultation when the vast majority of public responses called for a sub-sea route rather than overhead pylons.

If you have not received a petition form or have mislaid the one delivered to your house please send an email (click here) to request a new one which will be delivered to you. Please include your address.