In May 1967, Utility company ‘South of Scotland Electricity Board’ requested permission to erect a line of pylons through the outskirts of High Blantyre and over the Greenhall Estate into the Calder.
The suggestion caused a lot of discussion amongst the 8th District Council as it was felt this was a high amenity area and although the pylons would be in fields and woodland, they would still easily be seen from High Blantyre homes.
Residents were equally outraged commenting that the pylons were too close, and concerns were raised that their presence would prevent future expansion of Blantyre in later decades. Blantyre Councillors took those concerns to a meeting on 27th May 1967 where further discussion and assurances took place.
Ultimately, the pylons were of course erected shortly after, stretching from Blantyre Park, over Greenhall into the Calder and beyond. The pylons sat relatively undiscussed until the formation of the East Kilbride Expressway where they presented as an obstacle. Additionally, the recent creation of the Greenhall Village estate by Avant Homes, once again had planners having to consider their presence.
Pictured are the pylons in this article, photographed beautifully in recent years by Jim Brown.