Calls for Undergrounding Power Lines Continue
Very few people want overhead high voltage transmission lines running next to their homes, decreasing their property values, negatively affecting their health, blighting the landscape, and damaging the environment. Communities around the world continue to press for the burial of these lines to essentially eliminate the many negative impacts of overhead lines.
Councillor Arthur Walpole, who represents Llanymynech (a village that straddles the England-Wales border), will be presenting a motion to the Shropshire Council next week, calling for all members to object to National Grid’s proposed overhead 400 kilovolt lines to connect wind farms in Mid Wales to the existing power grid (Shropshire Star). Walpole’s motion reads, “The proposed overhead power lines will have a detrimental impact in Shropshire with no perceived beneficial gain for Shropshire communities and will adversely affect our local communities, our environment and our tourist economy”. He will ask the Council to “press National Grid to re-examine the justification for the overhead pylon route and to present a feasibility case for a solution using underground cables” if the power lines are deemed necessary.
Many electricity transmission providers argue that it is too expensive and/or it is not technically possible to bury high voltage transmission lines. The fact is, it has been shown repeatedly that it is both technically feasible and financially feasible to bury these lines.