A CENTRAL pylon of more than 100ft will be installed if plans to build a cable car on the Malvern Hills are granted, it has been revealed.
Malvern for All, the company behind the controversial scheme, has released preliminary details of the engineering of the project which shows the one main pylon situated centrally in the Rush Valley.
There will be two smaller pylons near the top and bottom cable car stations which fall below the horizon.
Mark Young, one of the directors at Malvern for All, said: “Fears of those who maintained the scheme would be visually intrusive are unfounded as the footprint of both the top and bottom stations is small and the scheme will be designed, shaped and coloured to complement the landscape.
“It should allay the fears of people who may have been misled by the presentation of inappropriate illustrations by the Conservators at their public meeting, which bore no resemblance to the Malvern scheme.”
There will be eight enclosed gondolas, which wheelchair access, each enabling eight people to reach the summit of the Worcestershire Beacon in about seven minutes.
However Stephen Bound, Malvern Hills Conservators director, said the new information would only serve to strengthen the opposition.
“The number and appearance of the pylons is not a major factor in the Conservators’ decision to reject the cable car,” he added.
“The primary objection is any building on the hills would be unlawful and would damage a landscape and wildlife habitat of national importance.
“In the interests of accuracy it is important to note the illustrations which were shown at the Conservators’ public meeting were taken from Malvern for All’s own website.”
Malvern for All has said there will be a public consultation in the autumn.