Scenic spot in Wolds to have power cables moved underground to improve looks
ONE of the most scenic parts of the Wolds is to benefit from the removal of overhead power cables.
The picture postcard village of Walesby is to have its unsightly power lines buried underground.
The electricity distributor Northern Powergrid is spending £190,000 on the scheme.
Over the next few weeks, trenches will be dug, overhead cables will be removed and new cables buried, and many of the large electricity poles in the village will be taken down.
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The scheme is one of many being planned by Northern Powergrid within National Parks and in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Working in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, residents in Walesby successfully submitted their case to have the overhead cables removed, saying they were damaging tourism and visually spoiling the environment.
Paul Nicholson, Design Engineer at Northern Powergrid, said: "We have worked extremely hard to make sure this undergrounding scheme in Walesby is completed as quickly as possible with minimal disruption to residents. It will greatly improve the visual appearance of the area, and also give the village an enhanced electricity supply."
Stephen Jack, Lincolnshire Wolds AONB manager, said: "We welcome the continuation of this important partnership project. It will improve the visual aspect of Walesby by reducing considerably the overhead wire lines and associated poles. We hope that the project can be completed with minimum disruption.
"Without the community interest and input from Walesby Parish Council in this project from the beginning, this pretty Wolds village would not be getting its overhead wires reduced."
Chairman of Walesby Parish Council, Roger Newton, said: "The main issue with the cables is the visual impact on the village which affects tourism. This is a major walking sector on the Viking Way."