Cam­paign­ers want to bury the py­lons

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Roskill Com­mu­nity Voice is launch­ing a pe­ti­tion to rid the area of what it says are ‘‘ugly, in­tim­i­dat­ing and over­bear­ing’’ py­lons it says de­grade neigh­bour­hoods.

The group, which comes un­der the cen­tre-left lo­cal govern­ment party City Vi­sion, is hold­ing a pub­lic meet­ing to­mor­row to launch its protest cam­paign.

Roskill Com­mu­nity Voice can­di­date Garth Houltham says the high volt­age trans­mis­sion lines owned by Trans- power ruin views, lower prop­erty val­ues and de­spoil the Manukau fore­shore.

‘‘We know that this would not be ac­cepted along sub­urbs of the bor­der­ing Waitem­ata Har­bour, so why along Mt Roskill and the Manukau Har­bour?’’

The cam­paign calls for cen­tral and lo­cal govern­ment, along with Trans­power, to ad­vance plans to bury the py­lons.

‘‘We ac­cept his is a big job, but there is a clear so­lu­tion,’’ can­di­date David Holm says.

‘‘Over the next three years Trans­power will pay $542 mil­lion in div­i­dends to cen­tral govern­ment. It is only fair that a por­tion of Trans­power’s prof­its be di­verted to solv­ing this prob­lem.’’

The Bury the Py­lons cam­paign launch will take place to­mor­row, 2pm till 3.30pm, at the St Davids in the Fields Church, 202 Hills­bor­ough Rd, Hills­bor­ough.

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