Electricity pylons, EMF and proximity to houses

I've started to notice electricity pylons in my on-line travels looking at properties and how close they can be to houses. I'm not talking about the massive high voltage pylons but the single post 3 wire poles that are often seen close to property. They are not very tall.

I appreciate supply has to come from somewhere if its not buried!

There is concern generally about high voltage pylons and I assume the ones I'm talking about are lower voltage and current for local supply and therefore are considered less of or no issue.

Are there any bright sparks out there who can give me the low down here?

Thanks and regards

Same here Graham. Although mine is nothing major.

I have a pole actually in my garden for the neighbour's lines, last year when it fell down due to termite damage EDF came & replaced it but did move it a couple of feet away from the patio. Things get sillier when we found out that our lines are buried underground parellel to the lines above ground

We have two houses built since we came near here. One was on the site of a house demolished only a few years earlier and the other had the old cable from pylon to meter (still there) then on to where the house had been. They came with hand held cable detectors, tracked the route of the cable which they marked out and since the meter was just about two meters from our boundary did a check in case there had been any outbuildings or places where there might have been cables. As for actual plans, I did not see anybody holding one, so perhaps that says something.

Brilliant, thanks Julian

We have one against our roadside wall. It supports a 'street light', power cable and telephone line. The EDF engineer who came to replace the light a couple of years ago said that (for us) with a bit of luck a heavy wind would blow it down and help us get the roof replacement we need. We have had our fingers crossed for a long time.

just look around the Uk at rural areas, there are hundreds of telegraph poles with electricity and phone lines on them. it is the only cheap way to get power to your home.

you just have to live with them, they make you realize you are no longer in the UK but in France.

Our French neighbours had the same problem and had a word with the mairie and were told it would cost 10.000 euros to move them

The french distribution system is in places somewhat antiquated. Look carefully and you may even see some rusting steel lattice pylons which must date from just before or just after WW2. In some places particularly Dordogne more is being put underground as a result of the last big storm when thousands were deprived of power for several days. Aesthetically the system is a mess but I don't see it changing very quickly.