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East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm
Received 20 January 2020
From Stephen Clark
“• Open areas of Greenfield at Friston selected for siting substation complex the size of Wembley Stadium. Completely dominate the small village. • Unsuitability and fragility of Thorpeness Cliffs as site for landing cables. Cliffs subject to erosion and falls. Have resulted in one fatality in recent years. Vibration from drilling can cause further instability. • 11Km of trenching passing through environmentally sensitive areas with resulting disturbance to wildlife and the important Sandlings Heath. Area important to many migrating birds and other species transiting through each season. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths is at its thinnest at the project area. Works would effectively create a barrier to migrating species. • Impact on local road network unsuitable for the high traffic levels. Many roads not wide enough to allow heavy lorries to pass. Damage to roadside haunches and drainage. Increased danger threat to local residential traffic. • Light pollution. Suffolk’s famous dark skies will be lost for the 4 – 8 year project duration. • Noise pollution. Peace and tranquillity that residents and visitors enjoy lost for project duration. • Air pollution. Light sandy soil blows when disturbed, causing visibility hazard and health issues for residents and visitors with chronic chest issues. Soil ingress into residential and business properties, especially during warm and summer months through open doors and windows. • Cumulative impact on local communities of several energy projects occurring together or in sequence, as well as other housing and utilities projects and day-to-day business activities. Travel on road network subject to delays and speeding lorries. • Impact on tourism. 4,500 local people employed in this valuable industry. Visitors come for the peace, tranquillity and ‘off-grid’ experience the Heritage Coast offers. • Impact on businesses – late deliveries caused by increased traffic, loss of trade, visitor income, rents, touring caravans and motorhomes discouraged sharing narrow roads with heavy traffic etc.. • Permanent and temporary closure of many PRoWs (footpaths, bridleways, byways and cycle paths) for the 4 – 8 year project duration. Used by many locals and visitors for a multitude of recreational pursuits.”