‘Ring of steel’ pylon fears allayed by Western Power Distribution

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A developer has moved to allay fears that a new electrical infrastructure project would create a ‘ring of pylons’ in East Lindsey.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has assured residents that no extra pylons will be involved in its Low Carbon Hub.

“The aim of the Low Carbon Hub is to find an alternative to building pylons,”said WPD engineer Philip Bale.

“No new lines or poles are being installed either. We are replacing some of the older cables and poles but that is to ensure that the electricity supply stays reliable.”

Wind farm opponents had previously raised concerns that the £3.4 million project would have ‘flooded’ the area with new pylons, while encouraging more turbines to be built in a region already ‘saturated’ with the technology.

However WPD has since explained that the project is intended to use existing power cable routes and substations more efficiently, thereby ensuring the region’s future power needs are met.

“By using innovative techniques, we can make the existing network work harder and more efficiently,” added Mr Bale

Overhead lines linking substations in Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Alford will be replaced, as part of the work, but no additional lines or poles will be added.

The work is expected to continue until the end of 2014.