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Norfolk at its best: power lines removed from beauty spot to give uninterrupted views

PUBLISHED: 14:58 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 April 2018

Views showing the area around Cley before the planned removal of the overhead lines. Picture: UK Power Networks.

Views showing the area around Cley before the planned removal of the overhead lines. Picture: UK Power Networks.

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Endless blue skies are back on the agenda just in time for summer, thanks to the removal of overhead power lines from one of Norfolk’s top beauty spots.

Views showing the area around Cley after the  removal of the overhead lines. Picture: UK Power Networks.Views showing the area around Cley after the removal of the overhead lines. Picture: UK Power Networks.

Cley and Wiveton Hall now showcase uninterrupted skies, after a major project saw 760 metres of overhead lines moved underground.

The £95,000 project was carried out by UK Power Networks, who replaced the cabling with 600 metres of underground line and a number of transformers.

But not only does this improve the aestethic of the beauty spots, it also helps keep the wildlife which fly overhead towards the marshes safe.

All the poles and cables have now been removed from the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), thanks to the work of the Norfolk Coast Partnership who developed the proposal.

Cley before the project. Picture: UK Power NetworksCley before the project. Picture: UK Power Networks

Estelle Hook, manager of the Norfolk Coast Partnership, said: “More than 60,000 tourists walk the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail each year, and many enjoy the exceptional views from the trail across reed beds and marsh to Cley Windmill at this point.

“Removal of the lines, poles and transformers has revealed the wild natural beauty of this landscape once more.”

The project was funded by a special allowance, granted by electricity industry regulator Ofgem.

UK Power Networks project manager Tony Dobing said: “Having seen for myself the area before and after it is quite a transformation and hugely satisfying to see the positive impact of removing the overhead lines.

Cley after the project. Picture: UK Power NetworksCley after the project. Picture: UK Power Networks

“There were some challenges with the terrain of this coastal site and some severe winter weather, but we have completed this important project on time and on budget with any impact to local residents kept to a minimum as promised.

“The work we have done, with the support of our partners and local landowners, will enhance the location hugely for future generations and will be appreciated both by those who live there and its many visitors. As well as improving the views, this should also help to make electricity supplies to residents in the area more reliable.

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