At Saturday’s Hustings in Aldeburgh, Paul Chandler asked the question that we all wanted to ask. To summarise: would the candidates oppose the current plans and call for a full Review to seek better offshore solutions?
All four speakers in their own ways reassured the audience that they would do everything to halt this DCO process and reassess the options.
We do wonder why things had to get to this worrying stage before Ministers and Councillors started to talk sensibly about alternatives. Why on earth has it taken so long? Reports have been available to be considered and taken forward since at least 2011.
New legislation may be required, but where there is a will, there is a speedy way of making it happen.
Jules Ewart did challenge Dr. Thérèse Coffey as to why had things had to reach this cliff edge point? People had suffered needlessly in the process, some very seriously.
Perhaps, Therese has been working hard behind the scenes to bring heads together to explore a more holistic strategy.
Certainly, it has been quite a revelation for us all to hear Therese say these words:
“ I am very aware of the cumulative impact. While at DEFRA I tried hard for three years. I recently got Kwasi Kwartung and Andrea Leadsom to get engaged...we are aware of the very serious impact, I have referenced Bradwell as an alternative brownfield site, an ideal place. I have met with the National Grid. We must not desecrate coastal Suffolk. Parts of the legislation are working against a co-ordinated strategy. We do need to make the transition to Renewables. We only called it the Energy Coast because we wanted to attract the energy companies to set up offices in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, not in Hull. “
We are being asked to trust politicians. Can we trust these promises?
IT IS GREAT Suffolk County Council, Natural England and DEFRA (Department of Environment) are investing in these green initiatives. HOPEFULLY IT MEANS that these projects and investments will not be wasted by unwanted and unnecessary construction of energy infrastructure.
Sign the Climate Coalition’s Declaration for a Healthy, Greener, Fairer Tomorrow. The UK is at a turning point. As we build back from the current health crisis, we have the opportunity to rebuild a resilient economy that benefits everyone in society and tackle climate change and nature’s decline, creating jobs and protecting the most vulnerable in the UK and around the world. Or we can let the moment for change pass us by, go back to old ways and wait for new crises to hit. The Climate Coalition is organising a virtual mass lobby on Tuesday 30th June: https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/virtual-lobby