Energy giant National Grid has unveiled its final plans for a towering network of pylons running from Canterbury to Richborough near Sandwich.
The company says it has tweaked proposals for the chain of “lattice” pylons which will cut through the county’s countryside.
It plans a revised version of its North Corridor route using two types of pylon – a “standard” 50 metre model and a “low height” 42 metre alternative.
The larger style of pylon stands at 50m
Its network, which forms part of a £170million link tapping into electricity supplies from Belgium, will run through Upstreet, Chislet, Hersden, Broad Oak and Sturry as previously announced.
But the revised plans will see the network erected further away from homes in Monkton and Minster.
And in a concession to householders living in Ash, National Grid says it will use its “smaller” pylons running through the Ash Levels.
National Grid project manager Steve Self said: “We’ve also considered a wide range of factors including the environment, impact on local people and businesses, technical elements and cost.
“We believe the sensitively designed route and carefully selected pylon types we propose achieve the right balance between the effect of a new overhead line on the local area and the cost on everyone’s energy bills.”
National Grid had previously unveiled two options for the structures, which will connect sub-stations in Broad Oak Road and Richborough.
The first – called the North Corridor and preferred by the company – would run through Upstreet, Chislet, Hersden, Broad Oak and Sturry.
The second – South Corridor – will cut through land in Ash, Elmstone, Wickhambreaux, Wingham and Fordwich.
The ‘smaller’ towers reach 42m
National Grid says the £170 million Nemo Link, as it will be known, will tap into much-needed electricity from the Continent via Zeebrugge in Belgium.
The plans can be seen at Monkton Village Hall on February 17 from 2pm to 9pm; the Chislet Centre on February 19 between 2pm and 9pm and February 20 from 2pm to 8pm; the Guildhall in Sandwich on February 28 from 10am to 4pm; and Broad Oak Village Hall on March 4 from 10am to 4pm and March 5 from 2pm to 8pm.
Members of the public can also speak to a member of the National Grid team at the following venues: Sainsbury’s in Canterbury today (Feb 10) from 10am to 6pm; Westwood Cross Shopping Centre from 10am to 6pm on February 13; Asda in Canterbury from 10am to 6pm on February 18 and the Co Operative supermarket in Sandwich from 10am to 6pm on March 3.