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East Anglia TWO Offshore Windfarm
Received 05 January 2020
From Vivienne Saunders
“I am an independent who objects to SPR plans to carve a 7km cable route from Thorpeness to Friston, and to destroy the Woodland in Friston with an unsightly Substation. The fragile coastline in Thorpeness is an unsuitable area to bring the cables ashore. The area is a designated AONB, and a tourist area, which creates jobs and businesses for the local community. It is also a good wildlife habitat, which will be destroyed by the construction and drilling of the proposed cable route. The whole area from Thorpeness, Aldringham,Knodishall and Friston is known to the Suffolk Flood Team as an area which is prone to flooding. Therefore, it is totally unsuitable for Electricity Cables to be buried in a flood area. The infrastructure around Thorpeness and Friston is unsuitable for large Construction Traffic, because the roads are rural single lane tracks or 'B' roads. They will become dangerous for local people, especially cyclists and pedestrians, if they are used to transport the heavy machinery needed for the proposed Substations and Cables which are required for SPR EA2 Windfarm. The creation of jobs connected to the EA2 Windfarm will be in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Harwich. Therefore, the local jobs in Tourism will be destroyed by the construction of the cable route and Substations, but there will not be any benefit to the local area. The plans were passed in 2014 for the cable route to come ashore at Bawdsey , but SPR changed the transmitter. Therefore, it has become a problem which SPR has created. There must be Brownfield sites in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Harwich which are more suitable. These areas will benefit from the creation of jobs, therefore it would be more appropriate for the construction to take place in those areas, rather than destroying Thorpeness and Friston. It is totally unacceptable to industrialise an AONB on the Suffolk Heritage Coast because of an error made by Engineers in SPR.”