Norfolk Vanguard

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Norfolk Vanguard

Received 16 September 2018
From Christine Dye

Representation

Happisburgh is a small rural coastal village with an eroding cliff outside the marine conservation area. It seems that for this reason a multinational company owned by the Swedish Government thinks that we don’t matter! Happisburgh may not matter to them but it’s residents deserve to be heard and have their concerns taken into consideration. Our cliff is very fragile and drilling into it at its lowest point could cause catastrophic collapse. It could also lead to the flooding of communities lower than Happisburgh, that have been in receipt of large amounts of government money since the disastrous flooding in 1953.
Two miles away on the coast is Bacton Gas Terminal, although within the marine conservation area, the seabed there is already littered with all manner of pipes, cables etc. Is there a possible linkup to the National Grid there? If that is not a possibility and knowing that the government intends investing in more offshore wind would it be feasible to put a cable around the coastline so that these companies could plug in instead of raping our countryside with their cable laying equipment and building huge structures in the rural landscape. It has taken 40 years to put the heart back into the soil after the gas pipeline was built and this is on some of the best agricultural (grade 1) land in the country. Vattenfall is proposing digging up 40 KM of this land to lay their cables for a contract of 25 years.
We are fortunate in that, because we have no Street lighting we have (almost)dark skies which is now thought of as being a benefit rather than a disadvantage. We did not benefit from mains gas when Bacton was built and we will not derive any additional benefit from this disruption either.
We have Sand Lizards; Bats; Sand Martins; Skylarks; Tawny, Little and Barn Owls all of which could be affected by the noise and light pollution and vibration. There are also Harbour and Grey Seals offshore. I have concerns about the amount and size of HGV’s going through our narrow village street, closure of roads which could cut the village in half. The noise and light pollution which will come from an industrial site in the village, the loss of amenities, beach access; footpaths; quiet lanes; peace and tranquility for an unspecified period of time.
I have concerns on a wider scale as to what we are doing to our oceans by pumping tons of concrete to hold up Wind Turbines which apparently have a lifespan of 25 years. Isn’t it about time we found a better solution to our insatiable demand for electricity. Green peace estimates that if we covered every roof that is viable with solar we could power the country. If you add into that mix micro generation in rural communities, we would be self sufficient in energy.