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Re: Electricity overhead lines & vegetation management

Subject: Re: Electricity overhead lines & vegetation management
From: Adam Hollis
Date: Jul 05 2006 07:21:59

On 4 Jul 2006, at 22:26, wrote:

Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2006 14:03:00 +0100
From: "Julie Richardson" <>
Subject: Re: Electricity overhead lines & vegetation management

On 03/07/06 wrote:

the contract I'm working on presently (low voltage line clearance) requires
us to achieve where possible a 4m clearance from the conductors. According to the DNO we are contracted to, where there is a TPO, work to achieve 1.5m clearance or under (so-called 'Statutory Clearance') does not require consent from the LPA under the exemptions inherent in the TPO regulations. In practice, we contact the LPA for consent prior to carrying out any work, but I was
whether the 1.5m is defined anywhere in the legislation (and similar distances
for higher voltages)? <<<



There are a lot of dangerous ambiguities in electricity guidelines that the contractor has to juggle with at his peril.

The "statutory distances" are far smaller than the working clearances required by the DNO.

The DTI want DNO's to keep the network functioning efficiently, but are sometimes ambivalent in their support for the working clearances the DNO's have evolved to achieve that efficiency.



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