In the last few months three very welcome green initiatives have been announced for Suffolk, but it seems apparent that government departments are not talking with each other when 10 to 15 years of accumulative construction of Sizewell C and multiple windfarm substations are still threatening this area.

1. Natural England announce coastal path in the East of England   27th March 2020

Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 60 km stretch of the Suffolk coast between Aldeburgh and Hopton-on-Sea.

Officers from Suffolk County Council are providing Natural England with expert local advice and helping to make sure there is full consultation with local interests during the development of the route.

The route is expected to follow the Suffolk Coast Path where this meets everyone’s needs, but have scope to vary this where necessary.

It is anticipated that the path will bring economic value to coastal tourism.

2. Full list of 148 priority cycle schemes unveiled for Suffolk       10th June 2020

Nearly 150 routes across Suffolk have been eyed as priorities for cycle improvements over the next five years, costing well in excess of £80 million.

“Our [Suffolk County Council] aim is to embed cycling as part of a long-term habit and reap the associated health, air quality and congestion benefits by making permanent changes to the county’s cycling infrastructure.”

3. Government gives green light for expansion of Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.    7th July 2020

The government [DEFRA] has today (7 July) confirmed the expansion of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (SC&H AONB).

The move sees the AONB expand by around 38 square kilometres, taking in a rich tapestry of attractive river valleys, ancient woodland, reed beds, wildlife-rich estuaries, and windswept beaches . . . .the move will see significant economic and tourism benefits to the local area.

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.

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