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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Villagers shocked by plan to move cables closer to homes

ANGRY villagers of Heatherfields in Broughton Moor have written to Electricity North West to express their “utter disgust” that they were not told about works to move a pylon closer to their homes.

Angry: A group of Broughton Moor residents are up in arms because Electricity North West is moving a pylon even closer to their homes

Eight people have written to the company because the work was noisy and caused their houses to shake.

They are also worried over the health risks of having the pylon closer to their homes, the disturbance of wildlife habitats and a risk of subsidence as a result of ground work.

Andrea Fell, who will have the new pylon directly in front of her living room window, said: “I am disgusted in the fact that the company did not have the common courtesy to inform me of their intentions.

“The drilling work has caused my house to vibrate and I am concerned that these vibrations are damaging the structure of my house.

“Another concern is the health risks due to the pylon being moved.

“The thing that really stinks is that they didn’t need planning permission and they didn’t inform us.”

Broughton Moor Parish Council is sending a letter supporting the concerns of the residents.

A spokesman for Electricity North West, said: “The decision was made to relocate an electricity pylon in Broughton Moor as part of an ongoing 33,000 volt tower line refurbishment in the area.

“Electricity North West has carried out detailed ecological and mining surveys before any work was carried out. We have ensured that disruption for local residents will be minimised as much as possible and we do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“This work will ensure that we can provide a safe, reliable and efficient electricity supply to the area for many years to come.”


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