Concern over Border region pylon plan

There are plans to upgrade a power line running through Dumfries and Galloway, into north Cumbria.

But protestors claim the pylons will be 150 feet high, and will ruin the landscape.

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Thousands object to pylon plans

The planned route. Credit: ITV Border

The deadline for complaints about a planned power line, to run through Dumfries and Galloway, has passed.

Scottish Power Energy Networks is planning to upgrade the line, which runs from Auchencrosh to Harker, because it says the current electricity system in the region dates to the 1930s, and is outdated.

Four new substations would be created, at Auchencrosh, Newton Stewart, Glenlee and Dumfries.

They say the route for the power line has been chosen to minimise any negative impact on the people, and landscape.

But ITV Border understands there have been thousands of objections, many centred on the size of the new pylons, which protestors say will be 150 ft tall.


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