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East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm
Received 13 January 2020
From Susan Jackson
“I fully support SASES and Friston Parish Council in their submissions. However, these are the issues that concern me the most. Whilst supporting renewable energy and off shore windfarms in principle, the on shore impact MUST be taken into consideration and very careful consideration should be given to the impact on peoples lives and health, wildlife and the environment. It cannot be renewable energy at any cost, it needs to be balanced and every effort made to place the on shore infrastructure on brown field sites in order to protect our delicate ecology and coastline. Cumulative impact • Too many energy projects in a very small area, with more to come in future. • No coordination or consideration for the impact of these on local communities. Human Impact • No benefits for the local community • Effect on quality of life due to noise and light pollution • Air quality caused by the traffic and construction • Impact of traffic on daily life • Health implications • Too close to human habitation • Destruction of peace and tranquillity in and around Friston village • Loss of open spaces and places to walk Landscape • Loss of footpaths • Visual harm • Harm to heritage buildings including the church Socio Economic • No jobs for the on shore development • Damage to tourism • Loss of jobs • Loss of income for holiday homes Flood Risk • Village currently floods when it rains • Water passes from the fields in the north –where proposed site to be placed through the village to the south • Current village drainage infrastructure is inadequate • All assessments done by SPR are desk top exercises Footpaths • All footpaths around Friston will be in sight of the substation. Those to North will be around the substation. • Not conducive to walking and loss of peace and tranquillity • Loss of green space Ecology • Permanent removal of habitation for wildlife including woodland and hedges • Permanent effect on wildlife due to light and noise pollution both long term and during construction to both substation sight and cable corridor Substation Design • Profile too high • The visual impact from the village is unacceptable Noise • There must be no discernable noise either inside or outside our homes, day or night Traffic • Safety of local community • Traffic flows and speeds • Rat runs • Impact on emergency vehicles – access and times • Protection for walkers and cyclists, there are no pavements or cyclepaths and many roads are single track • Sizewell evacuation plan Cable Corridor • Fragility of Thorpeness cliffs • Too close to residential properties • Noise • Dust pollution • Light Pollution • Haul roads – no consultation • Destruction of woodland • Cumulative assessment needed • Cable routes for other projects – impact • Too long- crosses too much AONB • Flood risk • Impacts on ecology and ornithology outside and in AONB • Management of construction traffic impact The substations are far too close to where people live and will not benefit those villagers in any way. They will remove most of the green space around the village and destroy the peace and tranquillity. The noise, light and dust pollution will have direct impact on villager’s health.”