Work has begun in earnest on Thursley National Nature Reserve in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to underground the unsightly overhead power lines. Almost a year in the planning, this high profile project will see the majority of power lines that cross the Reserve hidden from sight.
The work is being carried out by contractors from Scottish & Southern Electric who have funded the project with the aim of reducing the impact of overhead lines on amenity applicable land within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.
The work will initially take 6 weeks and will be followed later in the year by the removal of the poles and pylons. Not only will this significantly improve the landscape, it will also benefit local residents, by reducing the risk of power outages, which was a regular occurance during the storms in December 2013.
Rob Fairbanks, Director of the Surrey Hills Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Board comments;
“This project to remove the unsightly pylons and cables at Thursley will greatly enhance one of the most beautiful and wild landscapes in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I fully commend the work undertaken by Natural England and SSE”.