ELIOT — A Maine town is concerned about a New Hampshire utility’s plans to build a switching station in their neighborhood.

Public Service of New Hampshire wants to construct the station in Eliot. The utility bought 17 acres of forestland with plans to clear-cut some of it for the station.

The Portsmouth Herald reports neighbors say the clear-cutting is not needed and will mean the switching equipment will be more visible, further ruining the view and lowering property values. PSNH says it’s doing everything it can to respond to the concerns.

PSNH officials said the station is being built to connect Central Maine Power’s planned 345-kilovolt power line, which is part of the company’s upgrade, with power lines in New Hampshire. It comes before the town planning board on July 19.

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