PLEASE GET INVOLVED
1) Prepare for DCO application hearings (Commencing 2020)
PINS have accepted Scottish Power’s DCO applications for EA1N & EA2. Both projects move to ‘Pre-examination’ phase, you have until 27th January 2020 to register as an interested party and provide relevant representation.
SASES WILL BE HOLDING A MEETING ON 4TH JANUARY IN FRISTON VILLAGE HALL TO HELP YOU WRITE YOUR ‘RELEVANT REPRESENTATIONS’. YOU MIGHT FIND IT HELPFUL TO WAIT UNTIL THAT MEETING BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR RELEVANT REPRESENTATIONS.
Key information about NSIP DCO planning process:
1/ The Application Process (information on PINS website)
2/ How to have your say (video on PINS website)
2) Write today to the Suffolk authorities & key stakeholders (see the letter guide below)
It is vital to keep asserting our concerns as residents and communities. Scottish Power & National Grids proposals are dangerous and wrong. Whether you are a permanent resident, holiday home owner, business owner, tourist, walker, cyclist or visitor, feedback including your local knowledge, concerns and views is vital. Let’s act together to protect the Suffolk Coast from unprecedented industrial damage by energy companies.
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Write to your local authorities and copy your emails/letter to our MP Therese Coffey and other key stakeholders.
(we have provided a list of recipient emails for you to copy & paste **you can also add any other emails just separate each email address with a “;”)
East Suffolk & Suffolk County Council
PINS ref: EA1N / EA2 Substations PINS Ref: EN010077 + EN010078
Dear Suffolk Authorities, Councillors,
I am writing to you to reiterate deep community concerns about the damaging energy proposals along the Suffolk Coast. I am aware that the authorities position on Scottish Powers DCO’s will be considered by respective cabinets &/or in planning committee meetings in the coming days and weeks.
It is essential that some sense and reasoning is established concerning proposals for up to 7 NSIP energy projects in pre-planning, consultation, or at DCO. The Suffolk Coast as a destination, is vital to the success of the tourism industry here. Tourism is the biggest employment sector. The popularity of the AONB and the wider area, which together are hugely popular with tourists, is under threat and with it the viability of many small & medium businesses.
As a resident/visitor/business owner/ tourist, it is clear that the cumulative effects of numerous energy projects will be too great for such a fragile coastline and its sensitive ecological location, which also encompasses the world renowned RSPB reserve at Minsmere. I would urge you to play a hugely important role as representatives in our local authorities, to work to achieve a re-think about the destructive ‘onshore’ elements of Scottish Power Renewables projects & EDF’s devastating nuclear concrete sprawl.
Scottish Power’s DCO applications have now been accepted by PINS, it is vital in your capacity as the acting Suffolk authorities, that you come together and work towards a positive outcome, necessary change or rejection of these projects as they are scrutinised. Our communities here have tried in vain to achieve influence and change throughout the respective consultations, all to no avail.
It is down to our Suffolk authorities to highlight the possibility of a man-made ecological and localised economic disaster here on the Suffolk Coast. The Suffolk authorities must come together to protect the AONB and the communities and businesses situated here. I would encourage you to act now to ensure National Grid and these energy companies are not permitted a free rein to systematically destroy this part of the Suffolk Coast under your watch.
With this in mind please ensure that the issues below are fully explored at the DCO hearings:
– The cumulative impacts of numerous energy proposals have not and continue to not be assessed competently – How can National Grid justify the compounded burden of numerous energy projects that they are driving to a natural, unspoilt area which includes the AONB, RSPB Minsmere and vulnerable communities.
– Issues with EA1N & EA2 (two projects by a single developer) show systematic failure by the grid operator and energy companies to coordinate and develop a ‘least’ damaging solution for connection of numerous offshore wind projects off East Anglia. Why has an offshore ring-main not been pursued?
– Scottish Power were to connect EA1N & EA2 at Bramford. Bramford should have provided connectivity up to 7.2 GW!
Why did no one question the non-material changes to EA1 & EA3 projects that have resulted in this cable route and grid connection point only taking 1.9 GW (around 1/4 agreed capacity)?
This scandal has resulted in the requirement for new substations and connections for EA1N & EA2 at the proposed location north of Friston.
– National Grid have not invested in upgrades to existing gird infrastructure at Bradwell, a brownfield site which could still be used for these connections failing a re-opening the Bawdsey – Bramford cable route and connection.
– Scottish Power & National Grid did not consider a single brownfield site for onshore development requirements – Why?
– The AONB and Minsmere (landscapes protected in law) are being ignored by the energy industry, National Grid and energy companies appear out of control and above the law.
– Friston has and continues to suffer from surface water flooding issues. This is mainly attributable to the undulating farm land surrounding the village and the fields on which Scottish Power propose to build substations. I would expect my authorities to challenge the proximity, suitability and safety of the proposed location at Grove Wood.
– There are clear ‘noise issues’ with substation proposals, if substations are built at Grove Wood, their proximity to Friston village will mean that the nearest residents will be subjected to constant ‘anti-social’ industrial background noise. Noise levels from emitted by smaller windfarm substations at Sizewell has been likened to a ‘warehouse of fridges’. Any expectation of residents to put up with this kind of intrusion is just not acceptable.
– The proposed development of onshore substations, just a few hundred metres from Friston village and residential homes, will, if permitted, set an alarming precedent for future development here along the Suffolk Coast. Any location and any village could be next. Surely this is not how renewable energy should be being procured, at the expense of villages and communities in rural greenfield locations.
It is essential that these issues are pursued by the local authorities. I hope my authorities uphold a duty to serve & protect the communities and local tax payers here on the Suffolk Coast. Not the energy companies or their share holders.
Use the above to guide you. Make your letter your own by including details the personal issues and concerns effecting you.
For example how building work and disruption will impact on your life, your family, your home/community or your business.
email copies of your letters to:
Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey: firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO East Suffolk Council: email@example.com
(Leader) East Suffolk Council Steve Gallant: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Deputy) East Suffolk Council Craig Rivett: email@example.com
East Suffolk Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
TJ Haworth-Culf East Suffolk Councillor: email@example.com
Jocelyn Bond East Suffolk Councillor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Cooper East Suffolk Councillor: email@example.com
(Leader) Suffolk County Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suffolk County Council (David Wood AONB): email@example.com
(Head of Planning) Suffolk County Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Highways & Infrastructure) Suffolk CountyCouncil: email@example.com
Andrew Reid Suffolk County Councillor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Russ Rainger Suffolk County Councillor: email@example.com
SASES | Action Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply copy and paste all the emails listed below &…CC them in your email
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