02 JUL 2018

MP and Councillors to meet Minister to seek Change to Substation Plan

Therese will meet 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. Therese will be joined at the meeting by councillors from both Suffolk Coastal and the County Council as they seek a change to the plan.

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.

Therese said: "I understand the concern people in Friston and nearby have expressed regarding the proposal by Scottish Power Renewables for their substation to be located near the village. 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."

Therese added: "I have now secured a meeting with the Energy Minister, Claire Perry, next week, where I will represent the concerns of local people. I want to assure residents that I will be pressing hard for a change to what has SPR proposed."

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