£225,000 facelift for village

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More than two kilometres of overhead power lines have been replaced with underground cables enhancing the beauty of a Peak village.

The Western Power Distribution (WPD) has teamed up with the Peak District National Park Authority and Friends of the Peak District (FPD) to carry out the £225,000 project in Edensor.

Chatsworth Estate assisted the scheme, which was funded through a regulatory backed initiative to enhance landscapes in recognised areas of outstanding natural beauty and national parks, by removing electrical infrastructure like overhead cables. 

WPD has worked closely with steering groups to identify suitable sites for consideration.

Christian Hjelm, consents and wayleaves manager for the power company, said: “Working with the groups has been helpful to pinpoint high priority schemes and enable the limited funds to be spent as effectively as possible.”

Jane Chapman, assistant director for land management for the national park, said: “We appreciate the work that WPD has carried out to enhance the Peak District landscape by undergrounding cables and we are very pleased to be able to provide advice and support. 

“I hope residents and many thousands of visitors will enjoy this significant improvement to the views in this beautiful area.”

Andy Tickle, director of FPD, said: “This is a great initiative – it continues to receive strong support from the public and working in partnership with Western Power Distribution and the National Park Authority means a real win–win for our precious landscapes and locals alike.”