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Buried at last: overhead wires

[Wednesday 23 August 2006]

LANDSCAPE campaigners in the Lake District have won a major victory in the nationwide wide protests against one of the worst blots on our countryside, overhead electricity power lines. And the problem is to be literally buried in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the shores of Morecambe Bay.

Should power lines run through areas of natural

There have been campaigns throughout Britain in national parks and other beauty spots to persuade the utility companies to re-lay their electricity lines underground. This has met stringent resistance in many areas because of the costs involved.

But after years of negotiation, United Utilities have now agreed to bury power cables in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB in a scheme which will begin in the next few months. This is part of an agreement which will eventually lead to the "undergrounding" of 24 kilometres of line in the Lake District at a cost of approximately £1 million per kilometre.

This development will be watched with great interest by campaigners in North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. One of the most controversial schemes in the UK is a 50 mile-plus line of huge electricity pylons striding across the Vale of York.

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