Attack of the 150ft pylons!

Pylons occupy land at Vauxhall on the east of Canterbury

Rising high into the sky like robot warriors in some science fiction fantasy, new sets of electricity pylons have started appearing to the east of the city.

Anyone who has been to that part of Canterbury will hardly struggle to have noticed them.

They stand over 150ft tall and will stretch eastwards in a chain starting in the Vauxhall area.

The pylons are part of the Richborough Connection which links the electricity sub-station at Broad Oak Road with Richborough near Sandwich.

From there electricity will to and from the continent.

When complete the project will see a series of pylons passing by the villages of Monkton, Sarre, Upstreet, Hersden, Westbere and Broad Oak.

The National Grid is behind the scheme. It said: “The connection will play a vital role in ensuring that the country has a safe, reliable and secure electricity supply to keep the lights on.”

Last summer the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy approved the pylons’ construction.

It followed an extensive period of consultation.

However, there were concerns that the pylons would ruin the rural character of the areas they passed through and questions were raised as to why electricity cables could not have been dug into the earth.

North Thanet Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale is among to have criticised their construction.

He said: “They are going to go across one of the most beautiful parts of east Kent.

“It’s going to be highly intrusive and the worst is it’s not necessary.”

The pylons are due to start operating later this year. There will also be a period between 2019 and 2021 when existing pylons are removed.


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