Overhead pylons forced underground at Elgin estate

Robertson - removed overhead pylons at Elgin North development.
Robertson – removed overhead pylons at Elgin North development.

IN THE WEEK when one Moray community has been highlighting their fears over new overhead electricity pylons, another is seeing existing pylons being removed.

Robertson Homes have taken down four 65-foot pylons that have supported overhead cables in the north of Elgin for years.

The removal of the pylons comes after underground cabling was laid in their place as part of the Moray-based firms 160-home project near Duffus Road. Development manager for Robertson, Colin Souter, said that views will be dramatically improved as a result of the remedial work.

“These pylons ran through the spine of our site at Hamilton Gardens and it was always our intention to replace them win an underground solution,” he said, adding: “This was part of a long-term strategy for Hamilton Gardens and it is pleasing to see it come to fruition.

“I am sure that residents will now enjoy the unrestricted views to the north of Elgin. The completion of this project is the culmination of many years of planning and discussions – and the end result shows that all this effort has been worthwhile.”

Earlier this week community members in the path of a new 14-mile long power link between Dorenell Wind Farm on the Glenfiddich Estate and Blackhillock near Keith expressed concerns that an overhead rather than underground option was being preferred by developers.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plan to place a series of 78-foot tall pylons along the route, claiming it is the most effective option despite local opposition.