09 JUL 2018

Coastal Scene Column - 6th July 2018

"I have secured a meeting with Energy Minister, Claire Perry MP next week to convey resident's concerns on the Scottish Power Renewables proposal for a substation near the village of Friston. I will be joined at the meeting by councillors from both Suffolk Coastal and the County Council.

Regular readers will remember that I have written before about the potential impact on our local communities of the proposed energy projects on the Suffolk coast including impacts on the countryside and disruption to local residents. I completely understand the concern from those that live nearby about the proposals for electricity substations for the wind farms. Local resident's concerns have been exacerbated by the knowledge that National Grid is also considering the connection at Sizewell of two interconnectors, which would require further infrastructure.

I met SPR earlier this year to discuss the matter and expressed to them that the substations needed to be smaller and, if necessary, built into the land. At the public consultation, I reiterated my view that the proposed nature and size of the required buildings was unacceptable. I want to assure residents that I will be pressing hard for a change to what has SPR proposed when I meet the Minister next week.

I wrote last time on my formal presentation of the Felixstowe Academy petition signed by 2,599 people calling for the removal of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). I met Education Minister, Nick Gibb MP, last week, to discuss this further. It was a very positive meeting and he shares my concerns about the leadership of the school. I am keen to get new arrangements in place as quickly as possible, so the school can have a fresh start under new leadership for the benefit of the children of Felixstowe. I am working in Parliament to try and make sure that happens as quickly as possible and have a follow-up meeting already scheduled with the Minister."

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