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Power lines to be removed to improve the picture at scenic Repps with Bastwick

Work is underway on a major project to remove overhead power lines to improve the landscape and views at a picturesque Norfolk location.

From News & press - 12 December 2018 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity network, delivering power to eight million properties across the East, South East and London, is partnering with the Broads Authority for the £185,000 project.

The company will be replacing around 1km of overhead power lines which will be dismantled in the New Year following the installation of about 1km of underground cables safely delivering power to the area’s homes.

As well as improving the views, the removal of the overhead lines will avoid the risk of birds striking overhead lines so will be of environmental benefit to the area’s natural habitat, including flora and fauna.

The scheme is funded by a special allowance, granted by electricity industry regulator Ofgem, to improve the landscape in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

The Broads National Park covers more than 300sq km in total. The area is famous for its wildlife and is home to a quarter of the UK’s rarest species. Repps with Bastwick is situated on the River Thurne which is a popular area for nature enthusiasts.

UK Power Networks project manager Trevor Phillips said: “This important project will see our overhead electricity lines removed from what is an attractive site.

“As well as improving the views, this should also help to make electricity supplies to residents in the area more reliable as well has having clear environmental benefits.

“The work we are doing with the support of the Broads Authority will enhance the location hugely for future generations and will be appreciated both by those who live there and anybody who visits the area.”

Will Burchnall, project manager for the Broads Authority, said: “We are really pleased to see this step being taken by UK Power Networks.

“The removal of these lines will not only have a positive impact on the landscape of the Broads National Park, which is famed for its ‘big skies’ and panoramic views, but it will also remove the risk of birds colliding with the lines.

“This area is also popular with anglers and removing the overhead cables makes this section of the river much safer for fishermen, who have previously run the risk of hitting lines with their rods or casting lines onto wires.”