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Cricket club bowled over by power line removal

A village cricket ground in Saltwood is the latest landscape in Kent Downs’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where power lines are going underground.

From Press releases - 12 May 2014 12:00 AM

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A village cricket ground in Saltwood is the latest landscape in Kent Downs’ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where power lines are going underground.

UK Power Networks is removing 1.1km of high voltage overhead power lines, poles and equipment in an unspoilt valley nestled in a nationally-protected landscape near Hythe.

The company has invested £178,493 from a £6.6million fund used to remove power lines from the South East’s most important areas of countryside.

The power lines run down one side of the valley before crossing a stream, a village cricket ground and stretching towards the towered gatehouse of Saltwood Castle, which was built in ragstone from former quarries at Hythe.

Shaun Barrell, UK Power Networks’ protected areas project officer, said: “Our power lines are the first built structure people meet as they climb the stile to enter the valley. We’re delighted we have this chance to remove the lines so people can enjoy uninterrupted views of this picturesque landscape.”

New underground cables have now been laid in the ground to replace the equipment. Tomorrow (May 13), the power lines, eight poles and related equipment will be taken down and recycled.

Tim Owen, from Kent Downs AONB, said: “These little valleys bring valuable pockets of rural landscape up to the very edge of the town. In this instance the cabling brings an unnecessary urban intrusion into this unspoilt valley. Undergrounding the overhead lines here will greatly benefit the landscape which serves as an access point from the built-up area of Hythe into countryside.”

UK Power Networks has a special allowance from the industry regulator, Ofgem, to remove power lines in AONBs and National Parks. The projects are chosen by a regional steering group of environment experts, including the Kent Downs AONB, and chaired by Natural England. UK Power Networks provides technical support and guidance and carries out the projects.

Since 2005 the electricity network operator has been working with environmental experts from each of the AONB units and National Parks to enhance the appearance of some of Britain’s most important landscapes. Between 2010 and 2015 UK Power Networks had support totalling £6.6million to invest in projects to replace overhead lines with underground cables in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks in the South East.