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Monday, 9 July 2012

Hill of Hermitage threatened by pylon lunacy

There is a gathering storm of protest against the plan to build an 18-metre TV communications transmitter on the hill of Hermitage – not far from a smaller one already installed as the cutting from Le Dauphiné shows. Le Dauphiné broke the story on 6th July.  

The hill of Hermitage is one of the world's iconic vineyard sites and it seems insane that the local authorities, who have already allowed one transmitter to be built here, should now be prepared to allow a much larger one to be built. I understand that there is already plenty of TV coverage in the area but that competition rules require that more pylons and transmitters be built!

At the same time the local authorities have been trying for many years to get the Hill of Hermitage classified as part of France's Patrimoine. One has to wonder how the councillors of Crozes-Hermitage were apparently persuaded to agree to this scheme. Perhaps they thought that a forest of pylons would make their patrimoine case more persuasive!  

Blogs sounding the alarm:

Bon Vivant (Nicolas de Rouym): Here and here.
Vincent Pousson: Here
Emmanuel Delmas: Here 
Jacques Berthomeau: Here  
Vindicateur (Antonin Iommi-Amunategui): Here.

See also story on by Jane Anson

Please sign petition here against the transmitter

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