Py­lon de­bate

Central Leader - - OPINION -

‘‘Beauty is in the eye of the be­holder.’’

It is their loss if people don’t find en­gi­neer­ing beauty in power py­lons. Sub­ur­ban elec­tric power poles with 10 or 20 thick, black lines mar­ring the land­scape and hav­ing to be re­moved from real es­tate pho­tos with Pho­to­shop are a to­tally dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish.

Un­der­ground­ing them brings about prac­ti­cal ad­van­tages – for a start, no power cuts caused by fall­ing trees or car crashes; no volt­age spikes caused by light­ning to dam­age com­put­ers, etc.

I re­peat, re­mov­ing py­lons is 99 per cent cos­metic, and if not com­pletely negated, needs to be rel­e­gated to very low pri­or­ity, though pub­licly favour­ing the idea could well be a good vote­catcher for those hop­ing to be elected to pub­lic of­fice. March 28. Sub­mis­sions can be made in writ­ing or via Par­lia­ment’s web­site.

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