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?
SEAS attended the Cabinet meeting at Suffolk County Council on January 14th where Councillor Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, presented their response to SPR's DCO proposals for offshore windfarms East Anglia One North (EA1N) and East Anglia Two (EA2). Find out exactly what your local Suffolk County Councillors have said to add weight to your Representations.
Plans for offshore windfarms off the Suffolk coast have not been thought through adequately, says Suffolk County Council. Among the issues raised were the visual impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, impact on tourism, the severe effects on the village of Friston, doubts about the planting mitigation, noise and disturbance on communities and road networks.