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On your email or letter to Andrea Leadsom please put the reference:
Re: Scottish Power Renewables: East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two
We do not advise you to use all these issues.  Just focus on the ones that matter most to you.

1. The cumulative impact of multiple energy projects

Seven known energy projects (six substations/ interconnectors at Friston and one giant nuclear twin-reactor at Sizewell) constructed in a tiny part of East Suffolk over a period of 10-12 years will devastate and cause permanent damage to the countryside, making coastal Suffolk a no-go zone.

Crown Estates round 4 have sold off more sea bed causing a further tsunami of Windfarms to come.  Where will they land?

2. Landfall

Cables landing on Thorpeness beach - a fragile, eroding and constantly shifting shoreline, where only two years ago a man walking his dog died from a sudden cliff collapse.

3. Trenches & Cables

Miles of cable laid into 60 metre wide trench developments, gouging out pieces of unique heathland and AONB, one of the rarest natural habitats in the UK from Thorpeness through Aldringham & Knodishall to Friston.

4. 10-12 Years of construction chaos

Coastal Suffolk will experience dust, noise and light pollution for at least a decade or more.  These onshore projects are not on a fast turnaround.

5. Environmental damage

Newly industrialised sites, made of reinforced concrete and tarmac will replace meadows and rare habitats.  Who knows how long the land will take to renew itself?

6. Threat to wildlife

Bats, badgers, barn owls, nightingales, red deer and many species of migrating birds live along the line of the intended cable route.  Where will these protected or endangered species live?  How will they survive, where will they go, will they ever return?

7. Traffic Congestion, Danger

London scale traffic congestion and hold-ups will be a daily frustration.  Accident black spots are inevitable as cyclists are squeezed between HGVs and cars. Emergency vehicles and service vans will be delayed.

8. Tourism Decline

Tourism is the main provider of local jobs. Why would visitors decide to come here if the roads are clogged with construction vehicles?  Not just 'A' roads but rural lanes will be used as rat runs by contract workers.

The tourism economy is fragile, like the environment it is not guaranteed.  Traffic congestion may become so bad as to make other destinations more attractive.

9. Economic decline

Retail businesses will suffer.  Shops will close.  High streets will lose their vibrancy. Every kind of business will lose out including local trades and service industries because everything is connected.  There are NO SIGNIFICANT PERMANENT JOB INCREASES for local people from these substation plans. That is a fiction promoted by these big energy companies.

Imagine that East Suffolk is like a through road for the production of as much as 30% of our country's electricity power.  It will turn into an ugly junk yard for clean energy, a kind of dumping ground.

10. Social decline

The social implications of a mass influx of temporary workers are well documented, as at the time of the construction of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station.

An increase in temporary workers can lead to petty crime, drunkenness and social disorder.  Lives will be blighted.  Rental accommodation costs for locals will rise and housing stock will be adversely affected.

11. The public consultation process is a sham

Senior management from SPR and their clean energy consultancies have been ticking all the boxes, and carrying out the consultation meetings as required in the due process.  Yet, these consultations are a sham, produce little or no significant change. They are designed to weary the reader.

However, a lack of response will be deemed as acceptance of their plans, so time and time again we point out the same fundamental problems.

12. Lack of a strategic plan for transmission infrastructure

We are told that there is a robust National Strategy for the production of clean energy.  It is based on big energy companies blasting their way through any barriers.  What failed to be considered was a National Strategy for the delivery of this power.  It is needed.

Until the country has a robust offshore strategy for wind energy transmission infrastructure and delivery, National Grid should, in the short-term, use brownfield sites (already industrialised locations) avoiding the needless destruction of ancient woodlands, AONB and rare heathland habitats.


Ref: Scottish Power Renewables:
East Anglia 1 North and East Anglia 2


Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State, BEIS, 1 Victoria St., London SW1H 0ET.

Email: beiscorrespondence@beis.gov.uk

Please copy your own MP and info@suffolkenergyactionsolutions.co.uk

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