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Power lines going underground

Some of the overhead lines which are due to be removed from Cobham Park.
Some of the overhead lines which are due to be removed from Cobham Park.

Work is under way to remove more than a mile of overhead power lines from some of the county’s most beautiful countryside.

EDF Energy Networks is investing more than £180,000 to remove overhead lines from Cobham Park near Rochester and at Horse Wood Country Park, near Thurnham.

The energy company is working closely with the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit to ‘underground’ the cables and transform the landscape at both parks.

These are the latest schemes to get under way in the county. A similar project was carried out in the Kent Downs AONB at Ightham Mote, near Sevenoaks last year.

In detail:

Cobham Park: £150,000 is being invested to remove just under a mile of overhead electricity cable, a pole mounted transformer and 19 wooden support poles from land close to the recently restored Darnley Mausoleum.

White Horse Wood Country Park: £31,000 is being invested to remove about a quarter of mile of overhead power lines, and six wooden support poles, at White Horse Wood Country Park. The overhead cables currently run from Castle Hill, through the country park to the A249.

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