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23/12/13: Underground cables help restore scenery to its original beauty

Slack Hall Farm before and after

More than 20 electricity poles have been removed from the Chapel-en-le-Frith and Hayfield landscape thanks to a £293k project by power operator Electricity North West.

Electricity North West, the company that manages and owns the region’s power network, has permanently removed the electricity poles and replaced 1.8km of overhead lines with underground cable at Peep ‘O’ Day and Slack Hall Farm.

The company worked alongside the Peak District National Park and Friends of the Peak District to successfully replace the powerlines with 2km of underground cable to improve views.

Peep 'O' Day before and after

Ian Greenwood, programme delivery manager for Electricity North West, said: “The powerlines have been a firm fixture in Derbyshire for more than 30 years and we’re delighted to have helped restore the area to its natural beauty.

“The project required great skill to install the new cable and it will greatly improve the visual appearance of the area which is enjoyed by many walkers throughout the year.”

The work forms part of a £5.4m five-year project to replace lines identified as being most visually intrusive within the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North West.

Martin Burfoot, landscape architect for the Peak District National Park, said: “The completion of these projects at one of the gateways into the National Park near Chapel-en-le-Frith and close to the Chinley to Hayfield road is great news".

“We and Friends of the Peak District have worked closely with Electricity North West, so we are delighted they have removed so many poles and overhead power lines and put them underground”.

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