Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 05 September 2018
From Patricia Lockwood

Representation

Since my father passed away I own part of Ivy Todd Farm, Necton. My family have lived there since 1956. My mother is almost 83 and doesn’t want this very large, intrusive, overbearing industrial site in such close proximity. How can creating an industrial eyesore next to a village be acceptable? My brother and mother rely on our small 80-acre farm for their income, which is a struggle, and the potential opportunity of farm diversification into a holiday /leisure business would be lost. I feel that National Grid’s connection offer at Necton ensured the most economical and easiest engineering route and consequently Vattenfall have not fully investigated more appropriate locations further away from Necton. Vattenfall’s consultation didn’t give informative, truthful answers; it was manipulative exaggerating any positives which were not always applicable to Necton, i.e. creation of jobs and enhancing the area. At their invitation only workshop, July 2017, their representatives were flustered and not willing to let people ask questions, leaving residents very frustrated. Vattenfall gave poor projections of visual impacts and tried to show how planted screenings would disguise the site, initially missing out Dudgeon substation extension altogether, misleading residents. No mitigation measures of planted screening can hide the substations as they sit on high ground. Vattenfall would not commit to Ac or Dc so residents couldn’t understand the full implications of the proposal. I also question the accuracy of Vattenfall’s findings, their honesty and competency and I would like to comment on some of their reports and also relative legislation, acts and protocol. The substation would be built on agricultural land draining into the stream running alongside Ivy Todd farm which regularly floods, once coming through the house, so flood risk needs emphasising and given due consideration. The small distance of dry summer corn fields that join the substation area and Ivy Todd Farm could constitute a fire risk and my mother is also fearful of terrorism, having lived through the war. Residents have chosen to live a rural life, where industrialisation is not acceptable and neither is extra noise, both operational and during the 10 years of construction. Vattenfall’s site location could have been further away from the village but they did not research other locations which I feel is negligent. Even the National Grid’s “Horlock” rules advise avoiding populated areas when possible. Health and wellbeing of my family, and others, is paramount and this is already causing anxiety and depression; research cannot totally rule out health risks from such a vast field of EMFs. It seems Vattenfall will dig through a F-16 jet crash site where the ground was contaminated, possibly with depleted uranium. Several nearby residents including my mother and father have [had cancer, causing my father’s death], so we don’t want to live with the consequences of disturbing this potentially hazardous site. I would also like to comment on Human Rights and proportionality; Why should something so vast and out of context be sited next to a small community?