5:00pm Friday 30th August 2013
THEY are often labelled a blot on the landscape and a scourge of scenic spots across the two counties.
But now, thousands of metres of overhead power cables have been removed in an effort to preserve the view of the Malvern Hills for those living near the beauty spot.
A 350-metre stretch of overhead power lines at Wellington Heath, and a one-kilometre range at Woodfields Coppice, near Ledbury, have all been replaced with underground cables to improve the view for people.
Part of an initiative to improve the layout of lines and improve views, the work has been completed in a joint project between network firm Western Power Distribution (WPD) with the Malvern Hills areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) partnership.
The scheme was funded through an initiative run by the gas and electricity watchdog, Ofgem.
Christian Hjelm, consents and wayleaves manager for WPD, said input from people living in the area had been valuable when deciding which areas to target.
“Working with the local steering groups has been helpful to pinpoint high priority schemes and enable the limited funds to be spent as effectively as possible,”
And Paul Esrich, partnership manager for the Malvern Hills AONB, said the changes would be felt for years to come.
He said: “We are grateful to WPD for their work in planning and implementing these schemes.
“The vastly improved views that have been created will be appreciated by both residents and visitors alike for years to come, and can only add to the natural beauty of the Malvern Hills AONB.”
WPD worked closely with steering groups representing various AONB Partnerships and National Park Authorities to identify suitable sites for consideration of having electrical infrastructure such as overhead lines and supporting poles removed.
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