Campaigners want to bury the pylons
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.