Work starts at beauty spot

WORK is underway today on a three-year project to rid one of the region's most picturesque areas of four miles of unsightly electricity cables.The Dedham Vale, located along the Essex/Suffolk border, has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is known locally as Constable Country.

WORK is underway today on a three-year project to rid one of the region's most picturesque areas of four miles of unsightly electricity cables.

The Dedham Vale, located along the Essex/Suffolk border, has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is known locally as Constable Country.

The £450,000 operation started yesterday in the Suffolk village of Stratford St Mary as energy firm EDF Energy Networks began to replace the low voltage cables and 75 wooden poles with an underground connection.

EDF engineers started the work by using a directional drill to bury the cable several metres beneath the river bed and a representative of the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project was on hand to witness the first stages of the transformation.

Once the challenge is complete, engineers will be able to take down the ageing overhead power lines which currently cross the river and the surrounding countryside.