Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 15 September 2018
From Helen Standley

Representation

I believe that Happisburgh will be affected long term by the Vanguard & Boreas projects, and that the damage done to the village will never recover. The erosion of our cliffs has been enormous over the last 50 years and is not slowing down. Drilling underneath these cliffs is not going to be wise, there have been several cliff falls in the last year and metres of cliff are regularly disappearing. Other issues include noise, potential flooding, archaeology, wildlife on and offshore, pollution for residents, loss of income. Air quality in North Norfolk is generally good, but if this project is passed this will no longer be the case with the amount of HGV and traffic passing through all of our narrow lanes. So many of our cottages and houses are built right on the roadside, we just cannot cope with this level of traffic.

Happisburgh has been chosen as landfall because we have no protection on this tiny part of coastline, we are a small vulnerable Norfolk village versus a Swedish Govt company. Traffic in the area will be unbearable, including HGV vehicles 24 / 7. Residents of the village will not be able to get from one end to the other, and all footpaths will be closed. Tourists will stop coming, because our tranquil peaceful village will no longer be the attraction it is now. Happisburgh Lighthouse is the only privately owned working lighthouse in the UK and brings many tourists to the village. It is open to the public and monies raised goes to the upkeep of the lighthouse. Archaeological finds, including 'The Happisburgh Handaxe' and the Happisburgh footprints, both evidence of early Paleolithic activity here. A Parish owned car-park which is self funding and raises money for the village, RNLI lifeboat station and souvenir shop, historic pub with separate coffee House and carvery, village shop, fish shop and cafe are all part of a thriving community who welcome tourists, year round, whilst staying a quiet, beautiful place for its residents to live. If Vattenfall are allowed to go ahead with this project, it will be the end of village life for Happisburgh.