South West Wales

Plans to underground power lines in Porthgain approved

Overhead cables in Porthgain Image copyright Google
Image caption The electricity substation (right) has been identified as having a "significant detrimental visual impact" on Porthgain

Plans to put unsightly power lines underground in a Pembrokeshire fishing village have been approved.

Western Power Distribution is undergrounding sections of overhead power lines which are considered the most damaging in protected landscapes.

They include Gower and Wye Valley areas of outstanding natural beauty and the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast national parks.

The latest project will be in Porthgain.

Successful undergrounding has already been completed at Strumble Head, West Angle, Martins Haven, St Nons and Caerfarchell, Treginnis and Dinas Head.

Members of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority had been asked to endorse the scheme in Porthgain.

It will see 295ft (90m) of overhead wiring replaced with underground cables.

Image copyright Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Image caption Before: the overhead cables at Strumble Head, near Fishguard
Image copyright Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Image caption After: the cables leading to the lighthouse have been buried underground

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