I am based in Cork and I am pretty horrified at the state of some of the overhead ESB low voltage distribution cabling in some of the most architecturally significant parts of the city.
There are incrediably ugly messes of relatively modern black overhead wires, particularly junctions (rather than straight runs) in areas like Wellington Road, and even blocking views of Shandon.
There are also lots of sagging 4-stack wires which are now sheathed in some kind of insulating material which makes them incredibly ugly looking. Obviously the wires are over-capacity, warm and sagging.
They wouldn't even be so bad if they were the original 1930s runs of straight, neat overhead wires on properly painted poles. It's like they've been retrofitted with big heavy multi-core cables that are an absolute eyesore.
(I will post some pictures over the next few days)
I was just wondering is there anything in the planning laws to prevent ESB from putting these hideous messes in the middle of what should be pleasant urban space.
Also, many of the ESB poles in the city are left unpainted and rusting. It's absolutely disgusting. It's like it has no respect whatsoever for the urban environment and just plonks anything anywhere.
There are plenty of eircom wires overhead too, although because these are smaller they're less obtrusive.
Is this the case in other urban areas in Ireland, or is it unique to Cork ?