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Put power lines underground

Vast swathes of the British countryside are set to be blighted by hundred's of super-pylons needed to carry electricity from offshore windfarms to the National Grid.

Cherished views of outstanding national beauty from the Lake District to Snowdonia to Suffolk and Somerset will be scarred by National Grid's intention to build nearly 1000 of the 160ft pylons.

Pylons are technology that dates from the 1960's and should be obsolete like typewriters. The UK is changing to renewable electricity generation but has no plans to change transmission technology. This is madness. All new power lines should go underground. The extra cost is very small about £10 per household for all the new power lines planned. We must protect our countryside for future generations and avoid the health risks of electromagnetic radiation.

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      • P. IncledonP. Incledon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you have to have Pylons of this size (250 feet), put them underground. Similarly, if you're going to have useless (virtually) wind farms (the latest proposals for Huntspill in Somerset are over 400 feet high), put them offshore, (a long way offshore!). Mind you, I doubt if anyone will be able to afford the electricity produced from these monstrosities, anyway!

      • paul williamspaul williams commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For the good of the future of Great Britain we need these power cables underground - please get your priorities right and do this job the correct way

      • Chris AmbroseChris Ambrose commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This small additional cost to our electricity bills, is based on National Grids figures, and is minimal by comparison with the recent Government increase of 30% per annum to support renewables subsidies and feed in Tarrifs.

      • PaulPaul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dont see the chairman of national grid living under a pylon!

      • Ian BryceIan Bryce commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We must support the underground or sea options for all future ,and where possible ,existing power lines

      • Red FoxRed Fox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If National Grid can bury the overhead lines around the London Ilympuc site, why is it too difficult to do it in the countryside? So tourists to London can't be allowed to see hideous metal structures and witescapes but we can just live with them in our home territories?

      • Michael FeganMichael Fegan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Overhead power lines take away from the natural beauty of our countryside and there is much scientific evidence to support the belief that they could pose a significant health hazard.

      •  jim conks jim conks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        New technology is now available and affordable to put these cables underground and undersea, making their way to their required destination without ruining our beautiful stour valley, the whole country is now threatened with more of these antiquated and out of date pylons and it's now time to wake up and do the right thing for a little more investment would give the people of this country views to be proud and tourists a reason to visit.

      • Jacqui ConstableJacqui Constable commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        New technology is now available and affordable to put these cables underground and undersea, making their way to their required destination without ruining our beautiful stour valley, the whole country is now threatened with more of these antiquated and out of date pylons and it's now time to wake up and do the right thing for a little more investment would give the people of this country views to be proud and tourists a reason to visit.

      • Tony UnwinTony Unwin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        spend money to encourage local production of power, ie solar and wind, and avoid the need for power transmission which wastes up to a third of the power produced.

      • Nigel TaylorNigel Taylor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There seems no sense in putting overhead lines in beautiful areas when underspend is now feasible.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        All transmission cables should be buried underground.
        And so should David Mercer of National Grid

      • Joe McCoolJoe McCool commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Pylons are an insult to our countryside. If the cables are required at all, put them underground. Or just convince everyone to use less energy.

      • WalrusWalrus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There are significant power losses from overhead lines which fly in the face of a renewable and green energy policy. Get a grip National Grid

      • Simon ReakesSimon Reakes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        National Grid must move forward with underground supplis and not blight the counrtyside with 1930' plyons for the next 50 years.

      • Eileen CorkishEileen Corkish commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am appalled that in this day and age National Grid could even contemplate installing 45 metre high pylons across swathes of our countryside, what a dreadful legacy for our children and grandchildren. There are alternatives to Pylons, underground cabling or sub sea. It can be done, it has been done and it should be done! The new technologies are making alternatives to Pylons more attractive in more ways than one.

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