East Anglia TWO Offshore Windfarm

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East Anglia TWO Offshore Windfarm

Received 24 January 2020
From Sizewell Residents Association

Representation

Sizewell residents are gravely concerned about these plans because 1) they involve drilling through rock on an already fragile and eroding coastline. This corraline crag has been shown to be a hugely important stabilising feature of this particular area. It is also a traditional potting ground for lobsters and crabs. 2) the lorry route to Thorpeness is identified as the Sizewell Road/Lovers Lane - this is not the existing lorry route to Thorpeness which could and should be used..The Sizewell Road/Lovers Lane is the only Road in and out of an operational nuclear site (Sizewell B) and this includes any access for emergencies (accidental or deliberate) and as such traffic should certainly not be increased, especially when this could be totally avoided. This is a very serious issue. It is also the only road for residents, visitors, and businesses which include a Conference Centre, and two Caravan sites, as well as pub and cafe. Tourism now plays an important part of the economy, as well as being important for the well-being of the many dog-walkers, birdwatchers, and Park-Runners using the beach. It is also the only access to a decommissioning nuclear site(Sizewell A), and a highly likely further nuclear site (Sizewell C) certainly in the initial construction phase. 3) the cable route should not come via Sizewell at all, since there is a much less intrusive more direct route that could be taken - the ‘planned’ routing has come about through fault-ridden initial enquiries, and which ignore the issue of it passing directly adjacent to permanent homes..not second homes..and dismissing the possibility of using underground route in possible sensitive locations. 4) Residents and industry have maintained a balance here which meets the needs of all, including tourism and leisure pursuits, and this has been hard won through good communication, consultation and negotiation, none of which have been shown by this Company. This project jeopardises this balance, and indeed need not involve Sizewell at all. 5) Sizewell surely has enough upset to deal with as a main provider of energy without further projects being foisted on us. This project does not even offer long-term employment opportunities, badly needed here. 6) We surely must take a strategic view of plans, plans which must treasure our AONB’s, coastlines, and greenfield sites, and especially as we now recognise the importance of mental and physical health. The current plans are based on poor and superficial initial investigations, and have come about through poor handling of their own plans for Bawdsey etc in their EA1/EA3 work. This and the many energy plans should not be rushed through in this ad hoc way, and should be thoroughly thought through.