Work starts on 15-mile electricity line update
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 firstname.lastname@example.org