£2million project to remove electricity towers in Weston-super-Mare announced
PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 May 2017
Electricity pylons near Weston General Hospital will be taken down as part of a £2million project in a bid to save money and make the area more attractive.
Western Power has said it plans to take down 18 electrical towers along Grange Road, near Bleadon, and run the lines underground instead.
Work has already started and the project is expected to take another six to seven months to complete.
A company spokesman said the works will not only help reduce maintenance costs but also ‘improve the approach’ into the town.
They added: “The service to the area is already reliable but the capacity was not available to connect the Wick Road solar park on the edge of Weston, which is what initially started the works.”
Western Power applied to North Somerset Council for planning permission in April last year to replace one of the steel towers, which was granted, but did not need to apply again for the removal.
The company found it would be more cost effective to take down the towers and move the cables underground, where they would not be open to the elements and therefore reduce maintenance costs and disruption in the area.
Western Power has said it will be working with other groups and authorities to deal with any environmental issues.
The spokesman said: “The main benefit to the customers will be the visual and environmental impact once the tower line has been dismantled.
“This will improve the approach into Weston and will indirectly benefit all visitors to the area.
“We recognise our responsibility to operate in a way which minimises our impact on the environment. We are constantly striving for high environmental compliance standards and greater operating efficiency.
“We have to think about how the networks will be used in the future, and make sure they will be fit for purpose not only for today’s customers but also for their children and even grandchildren.”
The line runs past the hospital towards Bleadon in one direction and through Weston’s Coronation estate and Weston College’s University Campus in the other direction.
A council spokesman said: “We welcome underground cables as they reduce the visual impact on the area.”