Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 14 September 2018
From Cllr. Graham Everett

Representation

I am the elected Broadland District Councillor for Reepham Ward and as such have had numerous meetings with the Applicant.
I fully support renewable energy and the Vattenfall Project, however, due consideration must be given to the impact on the local communities and unnecessary disruption must be avoided whenever possible.
The Reepham area will already incur significant disruption as Orsted have submitted a DCO for a scheme (Hornsea Three) within a similar timeframe and the cable routes cross with Vattenfall in the Reepham area.
I have urged the applicant to use trenchless crossing (HDD technology) at 3 key road crossing points on the B1145 to minimise the overall disruption in the area. The applicant is not prepared to consider this request which is extremely disappointing so I respectfully ask the Inspectorate to consider requesting this should Consent be granted.
The B1145, although categorised as ‘B’ is a very important connecting road from Kings Lynn through to North Walsham and a key route between the A1067 and the A140 at Aylsham.
Vattenfall are proposing to use trench crossings at these 3 road crossing points, closing one lane at a time under traffic light management which I find unacceptable especially on Dereham Road at Pettywell, Reepham. Vattenfall are proposing to use HDD technology to cross Marriott’s Way which is only a few metres south of the B1145 therefore I can find no valid reason why this area could not be extended to include the B1145.
The B1145 is a heavily used road especially by large commercial, farm and other large agricultural vehicles, I believe it would be unsafe and unacceptable to consider reducing this road to a single lane especially as the cable route is on a bend and the workers in the trench would need an additional safe working zone not just half a road width otherwise an accident could be waiting to happen.
I believe the 2 other cable crossings on the B1145, both on Cawston Road should have HDD trenchles crossings again on similar safety grounds.
Orsted cable routes will cross inbetween the 2 Vattenfall crossings on the B1145, Cawston Road, and they are using HDD crossings, not only in this location but for every road crossing irrespective of the road classification.
As Orsted are uncertain as to whether they will be using HVAC or HVDC technology their HDD trenches could be up to 80 metres in width yet will use HDD, I submit that Vattenfall should be able to accommodate this request at 3 key road crossing points especially as their trench width will only be a maximum of 45 metres.