This is an archived press release
Wednesday 3 December 2008
03 December 2008
Key Peak District view improved by overhead wire removal
A new partnership between Electricity North West, United Utilities Electricity Services, the Peak District National Park Authority and Friends of the Peak District has enabled a key view of Rushup Edge, near Chapel-en-le-Frith, to be improved by removing a section of high voltage overhead lines (see before and after pictures).
The work has been carried out using a new allowance from the electricity regulator, OFGEM, which provides money to place unsightly poles and wires underground in scenic areas such as national parks. The need for the allowance has been strongly supported by electricity customers and nearly £2 million pounds has been allocated for the whole Peak District National Park area.
Together the Friends of the Peak District and the National Park Authority identified the line between Perryfoot, Eldon Hill and Peak Forest and now 2.5 km of high voltage cable has been put underground alongside the road in Perrydale, thus maintaining a key electricity circuit between substations at Waterswallows, near Buxton and Chapel en le Frith.
“We are delighted with the success of this scheme,” said Andy Tickle, head of planning at Friends of the Peak District.
“There is now a clear view of Rushup Edge and Mam Tor which can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. We hope this will be the first of many schemes across all parts of the Peak District.”
Jane Chapman, the National Park Authority’s head of environment, heritage and recreation strategy, said: “These landscapes are among the most impressive in the Peak District and we’re glad to be working with the electricity companies and Friends of the Peak District to help them look as natural as possible.”
The current allowances run till 2010 but all partners are now lobbying OFGEM to continue to scheme until at least 2015.