Brigitte D'Angelo, Rendham Resident, Open Floor Hearing 4 (OFH4), Thursday 5 November 2020

Hello I am Brigitte D’Angelo, I live in Rendham 6 miles north west of Friston Thank you Mr Smith, panel, and all those listening for the opportunity to speak today.

I endorse the representations of Michael Mahoney of SASES, and Fiona Gilmour of SEAS, and I  object to these hearings being held virtually. I am in favour of sustainable green energy.

As I mentioned I live in Rendham, it is a small village on the B1119 between Saxmundham &  Framlingham. My family and I moved here from London 10 years ago. We didn’t know Suffolk, we  moved here for a different way of life. We have been amazed by Suffolk’s beauty, wildlife and  community. I grew up in Devon but had never experienced the depth of nature that we see here.  Owls, Buzzards, Otters in the River Alde that runs though our garden. Kingfishers, Dragon flies.  Incredible Night skies unpolluted by light. My children have enjoyed the wonder of laying outside  and watching shooting stars in our garden.  

I became a parish councillor a year ago, although I speak today as an individual and not of the  Parish Councils collective views. I mention this as had I not joined the council I would know very  little of the major infrastructure plans for this area.  

I was horrified to learn of the 10 energy projects planned to date without a co-ordinated ap proach.

Many local people are totally unaware of the extent of these plans. This is not ONE or even 2  planning issues we are dealing with. If Scottish Power are given permission to build a substation  at Friston it opens the floodgates to another 6 projects to interconnect at this site. Extending I un derstand to some 100 acres. And Floodgate is a very apt word… given the local history of flood ing.

What amazes me is the distinct lack of overall planning. There is much talk in government of car bon neutrality and of protecting biodiversity but it seems to be just a box ticking exercise. This  project cannot possibly be environmentally viable overall. Several young speakers earlier in these  hearings have spoken of this project and called it “dirty green energy” I wholeheartedly agree.

I’m concerned that the floodlit building site and then the continuous hum of the substation will  have a huge impact on the population of owls bats and migrating birds to name just a few. I am  sure other parties with more expertise will put a strong case together to protest the substation  based on these effects. Marine wildlife has also been mentioned, just because the windfarms are  out at sea does not mean their environmental impact is less because WE can’t see it.

The public are undergoing an anxious time, facing the crises of public health and global climate -  the Suffolk locals are also confronted with these substations, and the prospect of 2 new nuclear  reactors at Sizewell C.

So what will it mean for our daily lives if this project is given permission? For the people of Friston  it is obviously devastating. But we have also heard from residents further afield. East Suffolk will  change beyond recognition.

Traffic levels along the A12 will drastically increase. There are many very dangerous junctions  along this road in particular the Friday St junction where most of the HGVs and associated traffic  would turn off for Friston. Many people don’t know how to manoeuvre this junction at present let  alone with the increase in traffic. Clearly also the pollution from this increased traffic is major con cern. The Statistics quoted by Georgina King in a previous representation were horrifying! You  may not also be aware that villages such as Rendham have no access to public transport so we  have no option but to drive.

The future of the local tourist industry looks bleak! East Suffolk is a destination because of its ar eas of outstanding natural beauty, its breathtaking coastline and because of its peace and tran quility. My partner and I have even taken a couple of short holidays within the area as we really  don’t need to travel far to find somewhere truly special.

I have learnt so much from these meetings and presentations and I understand it is possible to  build a ring main at sea connecting the wind farms to brownfield sites. We must ensure all these avenues are assessed fully before permission is given to this project.  If the Government want the  U.K to lead in Wind power technology then we had better start with world class planning!

Thank you

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