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Wednesday 20 August 2014

‘I’ve lived near pylons for years and they’re no problem’

Shane Phelan, Public Affairs Editor

Published 18/02/2014 | 00:57

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Flash Bristow stands near a electric pylon close to her house in Leytonstone, East London. Photo: Will Oliver
Flash Bristow stands near a electric pylon close to her house in Leytonstone, East London. Photo: Will Oliver

LIVING near pylons has never been a problem for web designer Flash Wilson Bristow.

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She has spent most of her life living close to pylons in her native England.

One was even located directly outside her childhood bedroom window, and she finds it hard to understand the concerns some people have about the proximity of high voltage power lines.

“To me they are no more harmful than your television or radio,” she told the Irish Independent.

Ms Bristow (38) feels so strongly about the issue she set up the Pylon Appreciation Society, which has around 600 members. They have become a credible voice in the pylons debate in the Britain, attracting the attention of the BBC or Sky News whenever the thorny issue of where to locate power lines has flared up in recent years.

“I see pylons as a really good engineering solution,” said Ms Bristow. “They are not necessarily the most beautiful thing in the world, but I can admire them for effectiveness of the job that is done and the usefulness compared to alternative solutions.

“It has a very small footprint. It doesn’t impact too much on fields and farming and what the ground is used for.

“Because of the lattice design, you can see through them. Most of what you see when you look at one is the background coming through from behind it.”

She appreciates people may have health concerns, but doesn’t believe there are any credible reasons to object to pylons on health grounds.

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