08 OCT 2018

East Suffolk Extra Column - 28th September 2018

"Following objections from local residents, I'm delighted that Scottish Power Renewables are reconsidering their proposals for a substation in Friston. I previously conveyed residents' concerns to SPR and alongside local Councillors, met Energy Minister, Claire Perry, last month to lobby for changes to be made. If they had got the go-ahead at Friston it would have meant that 5-miles of countryside would needlessly have been dug up for cables to reach the substation. That and the scale of the proposal in that location was not acceptable. Instead they are looking to relocate the planned windfarm substation much closer to the coast, focusing specifically on the Broom Covert site on the Sizewell B estate. By the 2030's it is estimated that our small piece of Suffolk will be responsible for a quarter of the country's electricity supply so we need to be wary of the cumulative impact all of this has on our landscape. Scottish Power Renewables are now undertaking an extra consultation phase including four public meetings in Leiston, Friston, Knodishall and Thorpeness. For more information see here -https://www.scottishpowerrenewables.com/pages/ea_one_north_phase_3_5_consultation.aspx

This week I have been in New York, at the United Nations General Assembly, to discuss ways in which we can further protect the world's oceans. Globally, less than 10 per cent of the world's seas are currently designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – one of the most important ways to protect precious sea life and habitats from damaging activity. It is the UK's ambition to treble internationally-agreed targets for protected areas – and I called on other nations to push for a global target of 30 per cent of oceans designated as MPAs by 2030. Only by working together can we ensure our marine life continues to be a source of awe and wonder for future generations.

Finally, congratulations to Woodbridge which has been shortlisted for this year's Great British High Street Awards. The Thoroughfare is up against 25 other streets in the Champion High Street category. You can show your support for Woodbridge by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using #MYHIGHSTREET and #GBHSWoodbridge to register a vote."

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