Par­lia­ment handed py­lons pe­ti­tion

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A 3000-strong pe­ti­tion call­ing for the Gov­ern­ment to put high volt­age trans­mis­sion lines un­der­ground in ur­ban ar­eas has been tabled in Par­lia­ment.

The pe­ti­tion was signed by Maun­gakiekie and Mt Roskill res­i­dents who want to see the un­sightly py­lons and lines that mar the sky­line buried.

Labour MPs Phil Goff and Carol Beau­mont de­liv­ered the pe­ti­tion last week.

‘‘There was over­whelm­ing sup­port from con­stituents in Mt Roskill and Maun­gakiekie elec­torates to bury­ing the py­lons,’’ they say.

‘‘Over 90 per cent of peo­ple ap­proached to sign the pe­ti­tion read­ily agreed, de­scrib­ing the py­lons as a blot on the land­scape.’’

They say the py­lons will de­tract from the new $28 mil­lion fore­shore be­ing cre­ated at One­hunga Bay.

‘‘This hugely de­tracts from the en­vi­ron­ment along State High­way 20 which is the gate­way to Auck­land for visi­tors to the city. It di­min­ishes the new re­serve as an at­trac­tive place for lo­cals to en­joy.’’

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