East Anglia TWO Offshore Windfarm

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East Anglia TWO Offshore Windfarm

Received 19 January 2020
From Ian Henderson

Representation

At a personal level, I am a resident of Aldeburgh living on a road which will be negatively affected during the construction period. However, there are numerous other reasons why I believe this is a poorly conceived solution to bringing power ashore from the offshore wind farms. There will be 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. Furthermore, the requirement to lay underground cables from Thorpeness to Friston is unnecessary if a closer site was chosen and 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. Of particular concern to me due to the proposed route for construction traffic is the local road network which is totally unsuitable for the high traffic levels and more HGVs especially the proposal to route traffic through the roundabout in Aldeburgh. This will produce danger, chaos, noise and air pollution. 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 shore from offshore wind farms must be found that does not have such a recklessly profound impact on an outstandingly beautiful part of England.