Sunday, 30 August 2015

Dangers from pylons in the snow and ice

A few years ago there was heavy snow and ice. When snow and ice forms along the lines between the pylons the weight of it brings the pylons down. Are we to have this visited upon us in the winter?
This from the Met Office. (We have to remember that we are in Scotland so we have more likelihood of this happening here.)

" Energy supply & Telecommunications.
 Snow and ice accumulate on transmission cables, trees, masts and pylons, especially when the temperature is close to freezing. The additional weight can lead to sagging of cables and collapse of trees and masts. Collapse of pylons is exceptional in the UK, but has occurred in other countries in these conditions. Ice on electricity cables can affect transmission. The most frequent impacts are from falling trees that pull down local transmission cables with them."

Other such dangers can be found in this report from Bill Bates Electrical Inspector of the Health and Safety Executive. Click here for this report

You still have time to get your objections in to SPEN via email.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Safety and overhead power lines

Note the flames in the background

Safety Campaigns by SPEN

In SPEN's own literature they have campaigns to show how dangerous overhead lines can be especially to farmers working with farm machinery. It shows that if a power line comes down it is still live.

Of course they would not have to have safety campaigns if they buried their cables to remove the danger, and leave the countryside unspoilt for future generations.

Here is the link to SPEN'S safety campaign literature

"Last year, there were 89 incidents on agricultural land in North Wales and Merseyside, and over the past five years there have been more than 800 incidents in the same area. The majority of these incidents are caused by power lines falling as a result of adverse weather conditions, but can also be caused by accidental contact with overhead power lines.
In July, one of our teams attended an incident in Wrexham after a farmer clipped an 11,000 volt power line with machinery. The incident resulted in a power cut for 17 nearby properties, as well as causing damage to the overhead line. Fortunately no fatalities or injuries occurred, however, direct contact with live electrical equipment, even at the lowest voltage, can be fatal - overhead power lines can carry electricity at up to 400,000 volts."

Is not our area and agricultural area? They show that they know of the dangers. Why inflict this on us?

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Pylons Article in today's Standard

Have you seen the article in today's Standard. If not here it is.

Groups across the region are cooperating in their efforts to stop the pylons. However SPEN still thinks the public is gullible enough to believe that this is necessary because the existing transmission network needs to be upgraded (by implication that our household electricity supply is in danger), with no mention that the primary purpose is to export wind energy or that underground or undersea options have been considered.

We're no daft ye ken..........

There are more wonderful letters on No pylons page

Carrutherstown CC have sent in an excellent objection, as has Alan James from Dunscore.

If you have not already sent in your letter, there is till time...........JUST.

You can use the done for you letters, or take bits out of the other letters and use as your own.

The more objections the better the chance of stopping this and getting  SPEN to use the undersea route.

If you would like your letter published you can add it to the Visitors Posts section of KAP our Facebook page, and/or email it to and it will be added to our website.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Pylons Letters

Kirkmahoe News would like to draw your attention to some excellent letters which have been sent in to SPEN before the deadline on 31st August.

These can be found on our No Pylons section of

Fast link to letters

Have you sent in your letter to SPEN yet? Deadline of 31st Aug is coming up fast see the counter at top of the Blog.
Remember there are done for you letters on which you can use if you are not sure what to say. The more people who write in with their objections the better the chance we have to stop this project happening, and for SPEN to find an alternative route for carrying the energy.

Dog fouling.DNA base is being developed.


Dog faeces is the scourge of parks and pavements, and figures suggest that 1,000 tonnes of poo is created each day in the UK alone.
In addition to looking and smelling terrible, the faecal matter can harbour antibiotic-resistant strains of E. coli and parasites - which, when left on the ground, can seep into sewers, rivers and the sea.
And now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out the extent to which dogs are spreading this bacteria through our waterways.
In the journal Environmental Science and Technology, Orin Shanks and his colleagues said waterways are susceptible to many sources of faecal contamination, including sewage leaks and droppings from farm animals and wildlife. 
Scientists have also found that sand on beaches can contain up to 100 times as much faecal matter than there is in the water. 
This is because microbial communities tend to decay much slower on beach sand than in the water.

Above is taken from an article in the Daily Mail.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

KCC letter to SPEN and Spanish French agreement

KCC letter to SPEN

The President of the Spanish Government and the French Prime Minister inaugurate the electrical interconnection between Spain and France. 

Read more here

All very cosy..........

This is blatant NIMBYism.
Do they think we are backwoodsmen here in SW Scotland? 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Rural 9th Sept 2015

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Pick up your car sticker today at Duncow School

Car Stickers will be available at Discover Kirkmahoe's Inaugural Duncow Walk today. Meet at Duncow School 2.00 pm. refreshments 3.00 - 4.30 pm

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Help wanted at Drumlanrig Castle Country Show this weekend

Can anyone spare a bit of time to help Maureen out at the Drumlanrig Castle D&G Country Show on the Anti Pylons stall. Especially first and last thing to help take the gazebo up and down. Getting lots of interest and plenty of people filing in feedback forms. If anyone can go can you take some of our leaflets with you.Also Car Stickers.

Can you also send this to anyone else who may be able to help.

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Discover Kirkmahoe Inaugural Walk this Sunday 2.00pm Duncow School

There will be another of our Walks around 

Duncow Estate, on Sunday 23rd August

Meet at the School at 2.00 pm. 

Refreshments afterwards in School Dining room from 

3.00 - 4.30 pm

Please like our facebook Page KAP which is dedicated solely to the Pylon Problem

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Car Stickers in Kirkton Hall

 By this afternoon, there will be car stickers for you to pick up in Kirkton Hall 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Car Stickers for campaign against pylons

There are now some car stickers in Spar Shop at Locharbriggs, at Lochthorne Library, and at McEwans shop Locharbriggs. You can pick them up or email to arrange to get some.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Car Stickers

We are picking up 1,000 car stickers today, for our campaign against pylons. These can also be put in street facing windows. If anyone wants to take some to distribute to friends please contact

Monday, 17 August 2015







To discuss and decide on the way forward.

Morag Williams                                Terry Howat
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Negative Thinking V Positive Thinking

How many of you are just accepting that this will happen?
Saying things like Wheels within Wheels.
Oh it's already decided. They wont listen to us.......Well if you think like this the likelihood is that the pylons will go ahead.
Here is something you can download about negative thinking v positive thinking. (you might need to copy and paste URL)

Write to your local elected representatives 

Contact details:-

email them in groups. There are Done for you letters on:-

Chose a letter and use it. You can add bits of your own if you wish.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

SPEN says erecting pylons here will increase capacity

SP Energy Networks said the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project aimed to modernise the network making it "more resilient for homes and businesses" as well as increasing capacity.

All we get is an eyesore across our beautiful valleys


Saturday, 15 August 2015


As you will have more time at the weekend it might be a good idea to read the following document which gives you a picture of what is planned for the benefit of the SPANISH OWNED  SPEN and is of no benefit to us as the energy is to be exported to elsewhere in the UK

click on above link

Please get your objections in to SPEN before end August

Friday, 14 August 2015

Power Lines - not Radiation but Static Electricity Causes Diseases and Cancer

Read this article about 
Power Lines then do something. 
Write to your
Elected Representative and tell them you do not want pylons in our area.

(Click on the highlighted links)

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Beautiful graceful whooper swans and geese migrate 2716 kilometres =1 687.64416 miles from Svalbard to Caerlaverock and back every year. Imagine what will happen to them after travelling all those miles and reaching within sight of Caerlaverock when they will fly into these cables which SPEN is so keen for us to have. Whole flocks will be wiped out.
Help us to stop this happening.We need a strong voice.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Spanish Company has undergrounded lines from Spain to France do they care about Scotland ?

SPEN is owned by Iberdrola, a Spanish Multinational company. Can it be right that it can compulsorily purchase Scottish land and build an immense eyesore in the form of an 175km line of 50m tall pylons across some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain? I cannot believe that a Scottish company would get away with doing the same to the Pueblos Blancos in Andalucia or the Rioja region.
Yet this is what is happening here in Dumfries and Galloway, in order to transport electricity, which is not for use in Scotland, to England in order to make maximum profits for a Spanish company. The fact that our existing infrastructure is old is not an issue. If adequately maintained, it would remain fit for its existing purpose for many years.

It is also interesting that in 2008, Red Eléctrica de España (REE) and Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (RTE) have signed an agreement to create the company Inelfe, to construct a new 64.5 kilometre interconnection line between the towns of Santa Llogaia, near Figueres (Spain), with Baixas, near Perpignan (France). The interconnection link is completely underground and has been housed in a concrete trench, except for the stretch that crosses the Pyrenees that runs through an 8.5 kilometre tunnel that runs parallel to the high-speed railway line. If that strategy is used there, why not here?

Monday, 10 August 2015

Link to see flyer

Flyer you can use to show friends what we a facing if this goes ahead. Contact local Elected Representatives please…

Sunday, 9 August 2015

KAP Kirkmahoe Against Pylons Please LIKE our page on Facebook

If you want to see super pylons straddling our area do nothing.
If you do not want these monstrosities you need to get active have you seen our check list on
We are especially looking for you to contact your Elected Representatives. There are some Done for you letters you can use to send to them.
This has to be done NOW. A Sunday is a good day for this.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Before and after pictures of our area if pylons are erected

Before and after pictures. 
Do you want this? Please write to elected representatives if you want to stop this.Contact details and done for you letters on

Monday, 3 August 2015

Request for photos or information about Carzield House

 We have recently moved in to carzield house and are wondering if you know any history or have old photos of the house.
Any info will be gratefully received.
Kind regards

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