"I hear those voices that will not be drowned" From Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes
SATURDAY, 30th November was Aldeburgh Hustings day. The Revd. Mark Lowther Chaired the meeting with four Suffolk candidates present: Greens, Lib Dem, Labour, Conservatives
Each Candidate had a 5 minute introductory slot and answered a series of questions on poverty, climate change, NHS and of course Nuclear and Wind Power off the Suffolk Coast. The audience were then given the opportunity to ask further questions on each issue.
Paul Chandler from 'Save our Sandlings' asked the following question to great applause:
"East Suffolk is dubbed the 'Energy Coast' and there are currently up to 8 major energy related projects planned for this area in the next 10-15 years. Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has promised a group of local Norfolk and Suffolk MPs to look at the environmental impact of all onshore infrastructure if her party wins the upcoming general election.
What will the panelists do to ensure our precious heritage coast is continually protected from unnecessary greenfield developments and Ecocide from the energy industry, and will they support the motion for a planning freeze until a sensible co-ordinated approach to renewable energy, including offshore substations, has been established?"
"I hear those voices that will not be drowned"
From Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes
The North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) has stated publicly that it wants to engage with both the Norwegian and U.K. authorities to pull them into the development of the offshore hub. As well as offshore wind expertise and access to the North Sea, both can also use oil and gas know-how to store hydrogen in offshore reservoirs and retrofit gas pipelines to transport hydrogen instead. A spokesperson for BEIS said: “The government recognizes the benefits of hybrid projects, including joint interconnector and wind projects, which may develop into efficient and cost-effective solutions to help the U.K. decarbonize. We are continuing to engage with stakeholders and developers to understand the potential benefits of these projects.”
Installing an additional 30GW within ten years will require significant changes to a range of policy frameworks, and co-operation between government and industry, writes Christopher Hopson