National Grid said trees would hide their new Pylons. It was having a laugh!
I have just seen the biggest environmental crime committed in the Canterbury district for years. It really is criminal damage.
The newly-erected National Grid pylons that are cutting across the district are the most appalling eyesores. They are huge, dominating the landscape like no other human structure.
- To be proud of our district, we must be proud of our council, too
- Hiding minds from the past is the route to tyranny and madness
They dominate the whole of a beautiful rural landscape. East Kent will never look the same again. How on earth has a very wealthy privately-owned company been allowed to get away with it?
The National Grid was previously a nationalised industry. It means that millions of pounds of tax-payers money have historically been invested in this business.
Today it has private shareholders that benefit from this investment and now enjoy handsome dividend payments.
And yet the company clearly has no respect for the well being of a beautiful landscape that should be enjoyed by local citizens. In other words, the tax payers that have historically funded the business.
The erection of pylons was needed to secure future national energy supplies. But this very wealthy company has chosen the cheapest possible option. There was an alternative. It was to put the cables underground. This would be more expensive for the company. It would be an added corporate economic cost.
But instead, the National Grid has shifted the cost to citizens. It has generated an environmental cost that will have to be borne by generations for years to come. A perfect example of corporate economic greed taking precedence over public social and environmental benefit.
How did the National Grid get planning permission for these hideous structures? I recall the local MPs making representation and that residents in Broad Oak expressed their anger. But somewhere along the line, the company was given planning permission.
It raises questions about the quality of those in political authority and whose interests they serve.