‘‘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.