Under-grounding of cables are non-negotiable

Public MeetingMember of Parliament Jonathan Edwards and Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas said the undergrounding of electricity
cables was non-negotiable for them following their packed public meeting in Pencader.

In a packed hall at Ysgol Cae’r Felin, Pencader, MP Jonathan Edwards told local residents that he and his Assembly Member colleague were in two minds as to whether there was a need to hold a further meeting due to the strong response and mandate they had from the community in their previous two public meetings.

But he said that given Western Power Distribution would not hold a meeting in the Pencader area, they felt it important to provide an opportunity for the community to once again have its say.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas told the meeting that as far as he and Mr Edwards were concerned, they would continue to represent their constituents in the strongest possible terms. Undergrounding of cables is non-negotiable, he added.

Mr Thomas went on to encourage all residents affected by the development to engage the services of a Land Agent for advice on how to proceed during the process. Fees for a Land Agent will be met by the developer.

Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards said:

“Given the strong response we’ve received from local residents and the unequivocal demand to see the electricity cables installed underground, we were in two minds as to whether there was a need to host a further meeting. But we’re keen to ensure residents have as many opportunities as possible to influence the work we do on their behalf.

“As Western Power would not hold a meeting in the Pencader area, Rhodri Glyn and I felt it was our duty as elected representatives to provide a forum in which our constituents can share their views.

“As a result of the meeting’s discussions I will be tabling a series of Parliamentary questions regarding possible compensation for residents impacted by these developments.”

Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas added:

“Undergrounding of the cables is non-negotiable. That is the view of the residents we represent and that is the position on which we will continue to campaign in the strongest possible terms.

“As we continue that campaign, I would urge all residents which may be affected by these proposals to contact a Land Agent for advice on how to proceed during the development. Land Agent’s fees are paid by the developer, but it important residents seek these services before signing any documentation.

“Jonathan and I are pleased to have provided yet another opportunity for our constituents to inform the work we do. We will ensure their opinions are fed back to the developer.”


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