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East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm
Received 11 January 2020
From William Reeve
“I wholeheartedly support the representations made by SASES and Friston Parish Council. In addition; 1. The siting of these substations will remove over 30 acres of land from my farming operation for years to come, reducing my ability to farm by 25%. 2. There is an already serious flooding problem in Friston as around 600 acres of land drain through the village. A project like this will only make things worse and I do not see scope for Friston escaping serious flooding from this concrete jungle in the future. 3. My agricultural work to produce food for this country requires constant journeys on the narrow country roads around Friston, already made busy by the popular tourism generated by this beautiful area. Ten or more years of extra traffic generated by the construction process will make driving around Friston very difficult and dangerous with scope for serious - possibly fatal accidents. 4. Noise generated from the stations sited so close, will be a permanent blight on the peaceful background we have now. 5. We have two holiday cottages in the village - one so to the site it will be looking out on the cable corridor for the whole of the construction time. Income will suffer dramatically. 6. SPR have failed to act in good faith throughout the process so far. They failed to show the whole of the village of Friston next to the substation site on an aerial shot. Obviously afraid of how close they are to the village. At this late stage for the first time it appears my main access to the farms fields is to be used as a pre construction route. Knowing SPR this will probably be used throughout the ten year plus construction time line. Also given tis first site could be the tip of the iceberg with further cable routes being dug to bring further projects to Friston, the inconvenience of sharing access to my farm fields with SPR could go on forever. 7. Why this whole project is being considered is an absolute joke. Looking at a map a primary school pupil would say "Why not connect to the grid at Sizewell and not this ridiculous corridor to Friston". Yes, there may be wildlife protected around Sizewell but we have wildlife in Friston just as precious. 8.Further, a more adult approach to the whole energy from wind at sea being brought inland idea, needs a more countrywide solution. The idea of a ring main round the coast connecting wind farms and bringing them onshore to a few sensibly placed landfall sites seems far more sensibly than many cross land routes across rural East Anglia which will desecrate a beautiful part of the country forever. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE address this last issue now as once the go ahead is given to SPR at Friston the damage will be done and you have ruined East Anglia for ever. Friston does not deserve to be ignored by an ill thought through project by a company usjng planning rules which are failing the electrical industry.”