If transmission lines were as attractive as Donald Squire ( Central Leader, February 19) would have us believe it’s a wonder that the people of Takapuna and St Heliers haven’t demanded that they be placed on their beaches rather than across the Manukau Harbour.
Even Transpower New Zealand says in its own publication ‘‘these are visually unattractive’’ and a ‘‘stigma’’ as well as constraining what owners can do with the land underneath them.
That’s why all transmission lines now being built across urban areas are placed underground.
Residents right across Mt Roskill have urged me to push for the progressive undergrounding of existing lines.
It is expensive and can’t be done all at once. But just as Vector is gradually placing street powerlines underground so too could Transpower use a little of its annual dividend to the Government ($300 million last year) to start putting the high voltage lines underground. I’m sorry Don. Do you really believe the Manukau foreshore looks better with the pylons across it?