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New look scene at Cley as project to remove power lines completed

A North Norfolk coast beauty spot has a dramatic new look after a major project to remove overhead power lines was completed on time.

From Press releases - 11 April 2018 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks, which owns and operates the electricity network, delivering power to eight million properties across the East, South East and London, was behind the £95,000 project.

The company replaced about 760metres of overhead power lines with around 600metres of underground cables, while a single ground level transformer replaced three pole-mounted transformers. This is a piece of equipment which steps down the power voltage before it is safely delivered to homes and businesses.

As well as improving the views, the removal of the overhead lines will now reduce the risk of swans who use the freshwater marshes flying into power lines.

The cables and poles at Cley and Wiveton Hall have been safely removed at the site, which is in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The scheme came about thanks to the work of the Norfolk Coast Partnership to develop the proposal.

It was funded by a special allowance, granted by electricity industry regulator Ofgem, to enable the removal of overhead power lines to improve the landscape in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

UK Power Networks project manager Tony Dobing said: “Having seen for myself the area before and after it is quite a transformation and hugely satisfying to see the positive impact of removing the overhead lines.

“There were some challenges with the terrain of this coastal site and some severe winter weather, but we have completed this important project on time and on budget with any impact to local residents kept to a minimum as promised.

“The work we have done, with the support of our partners and local landowners, will enhance the location hugely for future generations and will be appreciated both by those who live there and its many visitors. As well as improving the views, this should also help to make electricity supplies to residents in the area more reliable.”

Estelle Hook, manager of the Norfolk Coast Partnership, said: “More than 60,000 tourists walk the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail each year, and many enjoy the exceptional views from the trail across reed beds and marsh to Cley Windmill at this point.

“Removal of the lines, poles and transformers has revealed the wild natural beauty of this landscape once more.”