The enormous structure sits inside the North York Moors National Park and has been placed in direct view of a popular tourist spot that many Whitby enthusiasts see as their first glimpse into the town.
Despite the new pylon being part of a wider project by North Yorks Moors National Park designed to move ten miles of metal pylons underground through cabled power cables, the wooden standing has been described as a “monstrosity” and a “travesty”.
Chris France, director of planning on the national park said two pylons had to be erected as part of the project from Pickering to Whitby because rough terrain meant power cables couldn’t be put underground.
However, Amy Beech, one local resident is frustrated that that is the exact spot they have chosen to put it.
She said: “I think it’s great they are updating it but why put the new one smack bang in front of the only place that is safe to pull in and admire or photograph the view?
The 28-year-old painter, who has lived in the area all her life, added: “This view is Whitby encapsulated.
“There are three roads into Whitby, it’s incredibly isolated with the sea on one side and moorland on the other.
“The road that this view is on is an iconic entrance into the town.
“When I’m driving home from York and I see this view, I know I’m nearly there.
“People use the nearby car park to leave their cars and take a picture of the essence of Whitby.
“The whole view has been ruined by this new pylon.”
Mr France admitted that the new pylon may distort the view if it has been placed closer to the car park but maintained the overall project was one of positivity.