MORE than 80 jobs could be at risk at a leisure park if pylons and a power station comes to Wrexham, a business owner has warned.
John Brookshaw, owner of the Plassey Leisure Park, is concerned that any pylons built across Eyton would put the business and the livelihood of its workforce at risk.
Wrexham Power Ltd has earmarked two possible routes for pylons to connect a proposed £800m gas-fired power plant on the edge of Wrexham Industrial Estate to the National Grid at Legacy.
One is the 13km northern corridor, passing through communities such as Sontley and Cross Lanes.
The 18km southern corridor would stretch further up, passing close to Bangor-on-Dee and through Eyton on the north bank of the River Dee.
Mr Brookshaw is worried people will no longer come to the park if the pylons are built through the area, putting the jobs of the people who work there at risk.
He said: “The pylons themselves would stand at over 47 metres high, taller than St Giles Church, and would cut a huge swathe through our beautiful countryside.
“At The Plassey, we have nature trails, fishing and cycle paths that would all be directly affected by the pylons.
“It would have a very big impact on our customers wishing to visit and stay here.
“That in turn would affect not only the businesses and livelihoods of over 85 people that work at The Plassey but the wider community, with hotels, B&B’s, shops.”
There are long-term plans for expansion at The Plassey, including a £100,000 spend on a new children’s play park due to be constructed during the winter.
But Mr Brookshaw said that investment may not go ahead if the pylons come to Eyton.
Susan Elan Jones, MP for Clwyd South, said Plassey benefited the area’s job market and economy.
And she added: “The beauty of the natural environment is, of course, vital to this enterprise and to our area as a whole and I shall of course continue to do everything I can to ensure that is preserved for future generations.”
Wrexham Power intends to make an application to the Planning Inspectorate from mid to late 2013, the preferred site being Kingsmoor Park South on the edge of the industrial estate opposite the Kelloggs’ factory. Once the application is made, it could take between one year to 16 months for the inspectorate to make a decision.
A spokesman for Wrexham Power Limited said: “To date we have not proposed any new pylons in any location.
“We are still working on the design of the Wrexham Energy Centre including the route of the electrical connection and the location of any pylons that may be required.
“Our proposals are being developed with reference to design guidance such as the Holford Rules and the findings from detailed environmental studies.
“Once our work is completed, we will then be able to provide details of the exact location and design of any new infrastructure and equipment for consultation with the community.”