Ugly py­lons

Central Leader - - OPINION -

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?

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