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East Anglia ONE North Offshore Windfarm
Received 22 January 2020
From Mrs S M Henderson
“I am a resident of Aldeburgh living on a road which will be negatively affected during the construction period. The proposal to route traffic through the roundabout in Aldeburgh is unworkable. There will be insufficient room for HGVs to traverse the small road leading towards Leiston as there are numerous cars accessing Aldeburgh via this route and many residents park along this stretch of road. The planned routes are totally unsuitable for construction traffic, dangerous for other motorists and will have a seriously detrimental effect on local residents, villages, woodland, communities, business and tourism across a wide area. Suffolk’s beautiful, protected areas of outstanding natural beauty and the wildlife living in these areas will be greatly disturbed. The intrusion and resulting pollution caused by the increased traffic will be detrimental to the health of people, livestock and wildlife. Offshore wind farms will have a cumulative impact on local communities of up to 7 energy projects occurring consecutively over 12 to 15 years. The proposed landing sites for cables is unsatisfactory because of the fragile nature of the Thorpeness cliffs. The use of unspoilt countryside at Friston for the substation is tragic and the affect it will have on the village is detrimental. If a closer site was chosen it would remove the requirement to lay underground cables from Thorpeness to Friston. The current planned route for the cables will be hugely disruptive in the construction period. There is an obvious threat to wildlife in the Sandlings Heath. There will also be some destruction of ancient woodland. The proposed route for construction traffic via the local road network is totally unsuitable for the high traffic levels and more HGVs. This will produce danger, chaos, noise and air pollution and the resulting disruption is unacceptable and unreasonable. Aldeburgh is a popular tourist resort with an internationally renowned golf course whose tranquillity and attraction will be negatively affected during the construction phase. There will be a detrimental impact on the economy of Aldeburgh and area as a holiday resort. There could also be some permanent and certainly temporary closure of footpaths, bridleways, byways and cycle paths. In summary, a better way to bring the power ashore from offshore wind farms must be found that does not have such a recklessly profound impact on an outstandingly beautiful part of England”