Catalpa Posted July 22, 2007 Share Posted July 22, 2007 Many people in the Manche / Calvados departments are alreadyaware of the plans to run a line of electricity pylons down the Cotentin peninsular,carrying power generated at the new nuclear power station underconstruction at Flamanville, at the top of the Cotentin, near Cherbourg.If this is new to you, rather than go into the detail here,could I ask you to use this link to read up on the early discussions. http://www.completefrance.com/cs/forums/922767/ShowPost.aspx Those discussions include various links to EDF / RTEofficial sites which also carry “broad brush” maps of possible routes(corridors). The preferred option by those against the line – bury itunderground – is not being considered. That’s the background; this is the new information: RTE (Reseau Transport Electrique – the “infrastructure” armof EDF tasked with transporting electricity – in this case via pylons) havenarrowed down the initial “corridors” to three possibilities. Representativesof RTE are making appointments with the Maires of the Communes which could beaffected by one or more of the proposals and showing the Maire a presentation on a laptopof where the line is planned through their Commune. This presentation is togauge the likely opposition in a Commune and the strength of the opposition (oracquiescence) from a Commune may influence the eventual choice of route.No supporting paperwork is left after the meeting – the laptop is closed andthe presentation goes with it – so the Maires are not left with anything onpaper to show around. Because the discussions are confined to this very locallevel with no indication of the bigger picture (only: “the line would come into theCommune here and exit it here”) few Communes are mentioned by name during themeeting. The information below relates only to the Communes immediatelyadjacent to where I live. If you are concerned, it is now up to you to go andask your Maire if they have had / or are due to have a meeting with RTE. Do itsoon – August looms. And we all know what happens in August. Nothing. The three possible routes will be announced in full in Septemberwith the commencement of a Public Enquiry. Proposal 1This route would locate the new line alongside the existinghigh tension line which runs north / south in the Villedieu les Poêleslocality. In other words, if you have a pylon now, you’d have two in 3-4 yearstime. Proposal 2Via the Communes of St Pois => St Laurent Cuves =>Cuves => direction of Juvigny-le-TertreProposal 3Via the Communes of St Pois / St Michel de Montjoie =>Perriers-en-Beauficel => Chérencé-le-Roussel => Bellefontaine => Saint-BarthélemyI need to emphasise here that this is not speculation – thisis what our Maire told us he was told in a face-to-face meeting with RTE representatives last week. It's worth noting that RTE are not going to run the lines through the middle ofvillages but routes at the edge of villages will still have considerable visualand noise (58dB) implications for anyone living nearby without even startingconsidering potential health risks. Having said that, we have also heard that the followingtowns and villages may be affected though I don't know by which route/s. As RTE are being very careful about howmuch they say at each meeting and confine comments almost only to the Communeitself (plus adjacent Communes) I cannot be as positive about the accuracy of the following:MontabotLe ChefresneSt Jean du CorailBuais What should you do?Go to your Mairie and ask directly whether theCommune is likely to be included in one or more of the Proposals andwhether the RTE representatives have had a meeting to explain the potentialimpact. Or are due to do so. If your Commune might play host to some of these pylons thenthere are a number of things you can do:Write to the Maire expressing your concernJoin your local anti-THT group – go on manifestations(the more bodies the better and occasionally, things get really exciting whenyou “doorstep” clandestine meetings (which are supposed to be public) between RTE officials and local officials…now that’s integration!) Incidentally, very few British people havejoined these “contra” groups so don’t feel you are being a British NIMBY – thegroups are organised and populated by French people who are more of theopinion: Not In Anyone’s Backyard.Host a NO-THT-HERE-type placard on your land, ideally in full view of roads in / out of the village. Raise awareness.If no local group, book a table at your local videgrenier (or fete or whatever) and get signatures from your Commune for apetition to present to the MairiePass around leaflets in English or French. I have someleaflets produced by Coordination Inter-regionale anti-THT Ille-et-Vilaine,Mayenne, Manche, Orne, currently in French but shortly to be in English too. PMme if you’re interested. And if you’ve made it to the end of this epic post,congratulations. [:D] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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