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Power lines to be removed to improve the picture at scenic Cley

Work is underway on a major project to remove overhead power lines to improve the landscape and views at a North Norfolk coast beauty spot.

From Press releases - 16 February 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 behind the £95,000 project.

The company will be replacing about 760metres of overhead power lines with around 600metres of underground cables, while a single ground level transformer will replace three pole-mounted transformers. This is a piece of infrastructure 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 reduce the risk of swans who use the freshwater marshes running into power lines.

The cables and poles at Cley and Wiveton Hall are scheduled to be removed by April of this year at the site, which is in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The scheme is 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: “This important project will see our overhead electricity lines removed from what is a beautiful coastal site.

“As well as improving the views, this should also help to make electricity supplies to residents in the area more reliable during severe weather. We are working closely with local residents and our partners to complete the work as soon as possible and with minimal disruption.

“The work we are doing with the support of our partners and the local landowners will enhance the location hugely for future generations and will be appreciated both by those who live there and the many people who visit the area.”

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 reedbeds and marsh to Cley Windmill at this point.

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