EDP editorial - Today the fight begins to stop the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads from being spoiled by powerlines

PUBLISHED: 12:27 22 November 2012 | UPDATED: 15:31 22 November 2012

Sailing yachts race along the River Waveney at Aldeby.

Photo: Denise Bradley


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Sailing yachts race along the River Waveney at Aldeby. Photo: Denise Bradley Copy: For: EDP Archant Norfolk pics © 2005 (01603) 772434

Archant © 2005

It is a timeless, magical landscape immortalised by generations of artists.

And the scenes of natural beauty beloved by painters from the 19th century Norwich school right up to the present day draw 7.4 million visitors a year, contributing £469m to the local economy and supporting nearly 6,400 jobs.

Confirmation earlier this week that this precious canvas of the Broads – its emotion-laden skies, whispering reedbeds and verdant pastures – could soon be under threat from electricity pylons has drawn an incredulous response from everyone from tourism chiefs to local residents.

Harnessing all the fury and indignation, the EDP is today firing its own Broads-side shot at National Grid – leave our precious Broads alone.

In launching our Say No to Pylons campaign, we make it clear that we are all for progress and understand that the East Anglia One windfarm to be constructed off the Suffolk coast will bring huge economic benefits.

But we must not let the power come ashore on overhead lines through parts of the Waveney Valley, one of the southern Broads’ precious jewels.

Adding giant metal structures to a tableau of such natural beauty would be like putting a moustache on the Mona Lisa.


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  • Its not an EDP campaign, and its not just about pastoral bliss, but sense and public health. Those who operate large windfarms and receive subsidies for them should pay for the infrastructure that provides them with these profits. he expertise is available all over the continent, especially in Sweden were all HV lines are buried.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • 100% behind you EDP... the Utility companies will massive profits, therefore, the should not be allowed to take the easy option of ohead lines.Also, the 'poor' farmers will good out of the compensation for the distrurbance!!

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    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • As Ingo points out - this is common sense! A bit Daily Mail too, is it not?

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    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • It's probably a simplistic solution, but why not cable the windfarm output (under the seabed) to Sizewell and join onto the National Grid there...

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    Andrew Shields

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • They're buried all the way from Sheringham Shoal to Salle where they join the grid. I believe they will be buried all the way from Dudgeon to wherever it is finally decided they will eventually terminate. These will be buried from the offshore site to the beach, so there is absolutely no reason that they also can't be buried to the grid termination. (Apart from Financial!!)

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    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Come on be serious, there is no way these pylons are ever going to come into being, everyone know this, although I expect many will lay claim to having prevented them happening.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Nice to see the Eastern Daily Press championing environmental causes in the Eastern side of the region.... pity they can't do it in the West too!

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