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IT’S ALL ABOUT REDUCING VISUAL IMPACT on the environment and it’s the start of a £500-million initiative being led by the National Grid.
New design electricity pylons will, over time, replace the old ones because they are also a third shorter, cheaper to build and can be erected in one day by a team of five people.
In some parts of the country, specifically in areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) pylons are being done away with all together and power lines buried under ground. First beauty spot in Devon to benefit from the work will be part of the Tamar Valley near Weir Quay.
The name “pylon” dates back to 1928 and the original latticework design by one Robert Blomfeld. It was a reference to the gateways of ancient Egyptian temples, through which the energy of the human spirit was thought to pass into the afterlife.
It must have seemed a good idea at the time but it prompted an outcry from a hundred worthies, including Rudyard Kipling and John Maynard Keynes who signed a letter of indignation to the Times about Blomfeld’s intrusive erections.
Featured image: Artist’s impression of the new pylons, NATIONAL GRID
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