Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 12 September 2018
From Karen Basten

Representation

I have been a resident of Happisburgh for 25 years, and I have grave concerns regarding the Vattenfall Vanguard Project.
I do not believe that there is robust evidence that the drilling and other ground works at landfall will not adversely impact the cliffs and coastline by Happisburgh, despite Vattenfall's assurances to the contrary. If defies logic that there will be no impact when there are cliff falls and erosion of the soft cliffs on a weekly basis.
The long term impact on the local environment, all across the cable route, has been under played by Vattenfall. There is no regard for the destruction of wildlife habitats which will be devastated as trenches are dug for cable laying. Vattenfall' belief that such environments will recover quickly are flawed and unfounded. Some environments will be barren long after the project has finished.
I believe that the impact on the residents of Happisburgh and the surrounding area has been poorly represented in the case put forward by Vattenfall. The proposed road closures are not clear and transparent. I am concerned about the closure of the coastal paths around the village which seem to be earmarked to be closed for a significant period of time during the project. This effectively cuts off a significant part of the village to those who live there for a prolonged period of time.
I believe that the construction traffic will be unmanageable and create chaos and risk to those commuting to and from the village and surrounding areas. The roads in the vicinity of the landfall site and cabling route are not designed for heavy plant and articulated vehicles, and I have grave concerns about the safety of road users and pedestrians during this period, based on the outline plans from the project management. Additionally, I believe it very likely that vibrations from said heavy plant, on top of the actual drilling, will have a destructive effect on the aforementioned fragile cliffs.
Finally, I have little confidence that the village of Happisburgh will not be left with a trail of devastation once Vattenfall have moved on, whether that be having sold the project on, or brought it to its conclusion years from now. Our beautiful British countryside will never be the same, and will be liable to further pillage under the guise of "maintenance", all for a project that has, in the greater scheme of thing, a very short life span.