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Major project restores Shotley skyline

A major project to restore the Shotley skyline has now been completed – enhancing the natural beauty of one of Suffolk’s most important landscapes.

From Press releases - 12 November 2020 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks which owns the electricity network in the East of England, has removed 5.2km of 11,000-volt overhead power lines, as well as 60 poles supporting them, to improve views at the popular location. 

The final poles were dismantled earlier this month and 4km of underground cable and seven small substations that can be operated were remotely installed.

The project, which has cost around £600,000, ensures more reliable power supplies for around 70 Shotley residents to the north of the village, as well as removing the risk of birds flying into cables.

The Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) scheme was funded by a special allowance from electricity industry regulator Ofgem, to improve nationally important landscapes in AONBs and National Parks.

UK Power Networks project manager Lee Bodfield said: “Looking at the landscape here before and after this work was completed you can see an incredible difference to the skyline.

“We want to thank the local landowners who have given tremendous support to this project. It brings a range of benefits to the community in terms of more reliable power supplies as well as the improved views.

“As well as the change being enjoyed by those who live locally, this is a popular site with walkers, plus the powerlines being put underground makes it safer for wildlife in the area, so there are wider positive impacts and that’s what makes completing this project so satisfying.”

Councillor David Wood, chairman of Coast & Heath AONB Partnership, said: “Sandwiched between two stunning estuaries, the Shotley Peninsula is an outstanding landscape with tremendous views.

“I was delighted to watch the overhead electricity cables, wooden poles and transformers being taken down. Removing over 5km of wires and so many poles really does enhance the natural beauty of this very special place.”