A little local trouble
A weekly round-up of rural rows
Saturday 01 July 1995
In north Yorkshire campaigners are opposing a proposed chain of giant pylons. The line would run from Teesside to near York, and has provisional approval from the Government. Revolt (Rural England Versus Overhead Line Transmissions) wants objectors to bombard Michael Heseltine, President of the Board of Trade, with anti-pylon postcards. PowerGen supports the campaign, saying there are no economic or technical arguments in favour of the line.
Farmers on Dartmoor are concerned about low-flying aircraft frightening their animals. John Hockridge, a farmer from Sourton, said some of his sheep had been extremely scared by military aircraft flying low over their shed: "They almost jumped out of their pens." A meeting has been arranged for farmers to put their views to the Ministry of Defence.
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