Work starts on 15-mile elec­tric­ity line up­date

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Na­tional Grid has started prepa­ra­tions for the re­fur­bish­ment of its over­head elec­tric­ity line be­tween Dun­geness and Sellindge.

Work to pro­vide ac­cess to the 25km (15.5 mile) line be­tween the sub­sta­tions has re­cently started.

Re­fur­bish­ment, which in­cludes main­tain­ing the py­lons and re­plac­ing the wires be­tween the 85 tow­ers, starts next month.

All work is due to be com­plete by the end of the year, but some roads and foot­paths will need to be closed so it can be done safely

This will be agreed with Kent County Coun­cil be­fore­hand, and res­i­dents will be told of the ex­act shut­downs nearer the time. Signs will also be put up.

The line runs through the parishes of Smeeth, Sellindge, Aldington, Bon­ning­ton, Bils­ing­ton, Newchurch, St Mary-in-the- Marsh, Ivy­church, Old Rom­ney and Lydd. All th­ese ar­eas’ town and parish coun­cils have been told about the pro­ject.

Lydd Town Coun­cil was given a briefing on Jan­uary 11, and a sim­i­lar meet­ing is planned for Sellindge later this month.

A start-of-work let­ter and pro­ject leaflet has been sent to prop­er­ties near the line.

Gra­ham Liv­ings, pro­ject man­ager, said: “The UK faces a chal­lenge to en­sure its fu­ture en­ergy needs are met. As well as build-

‘We’ll do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to carry out this vi­tal work with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion’

ing new en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture, we also need to upgrade and main­tain what we al­ready have.

“This pro­ject will help make sure the re­gion keeps on en­joy­ing safe and re­li­able en­ergy sup­plies. We’ll do ev­ery­thing possi- ble to carry out this vi­tal work with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion.”

For more on the re­fur­bish­ment con­tact the pro­ject’s com­mu­nity re­la­tions team on 0800 731 1231 or at

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