Work has just started to remove the prominent electricity wires that run right across the middle of Blacka Moor, one of the Peak District’s most loved and iconic landscapes for Sheffielders.
The idea was first suggested several years ago by us, the Sheffield Wildlife Trust (who manage Blacka Moor as a nature reserve) and the Friends of Blacka Moor. Then last year there were changes in government rules for the funding of schemes to put wires and cables underground. This meant that Yorkshire Electricity (part of the Central Electric company) were able to commit to remove the line and find an alternative route, mostly laying cable in the verges of Hathersage Road. Once the buried cable is connected up, the sensitive job of removing the old poles and wire from the nature reserve can begin.
We think this is a brilliant scheme because it will create unspoilt views across the moor. We are especially proud because our charity helped to persuade Alderman Graves to buy Blacka Moor way back in 1933 for the people of Sheffield!