Kildare County Council is divided over changes to its policy on power lines but councillors have agreed to wait for a report and recommendations on these and wind turbines before making any further decisions.
At its 25 Novembermeeting Cllr. Martin Miley (FF) called on the Council to review the County Development Plan (CDP) section dealing with pylons and the installation of 400 KV lines..
He argued it was technically possible to put them underground.
However, Cllr. John McGinley (Labour) questioned the purpose review said it is too expensive. “I wouldn’t give false hope. The country has lost the run of itself. It would telling the USA that we are closing down for business.”
Ivan Keatley (FG) supported the motion. “We are trying to clear up confusion. This will go to Bord Pleanala.” He said he was not against progress as many he knew were reliant for work on Intel sub-contractors.
Cllr. Senan Griffin said: “I have yet to be convinced there is a linkage (of power lines) with cancer.”
KCC Director of Services, John Lahart, urged caution about pre judging the planning issues. The issue was still being considered by Eirgrid which would not underground the entire line down was “not a starter in any circumstances,” he said.
The Council will now create “position paper” review on the issues after which it would decided how to proceed.