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Register FAST to protest SizewellC

Power lines from Sizewell Photographer: John Myers
Power lines from Sizewell Photographer: John Myers

If you wish to continue  objecting to the Sizewell C plans you must register – giving an outline of your concerns  BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

Register here  https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/the-sizewell-c-project/?ipcsection=relreps

I’ve registered, outlining the following concerns:

As elected county councillor for a division affected by this proposed development,

  • I wish to register concern about the development’s long-term – in some cases irreparable -effect upon and damage to the heritage coast, the AONBs and ancient landscape of Suffolk coastal.
  • I wish to register concerns about building this power plant on a shoreline threatened by both erosion and sea level rise at a time of increasing climate change
  • I wish to register additional concerns about the delivery of both building materials, and subsequently the energy generated by land rather than by sea.
  • I wish to register my concerns as to the environmental and societal impact of that overland delivery.
  • I wish to register my concerns as to the cost of the power produced, especially in light of the waste that remains.
  • I wish to register my concerns about the impact this construction will have on local people’s way of life.
  • I wish to register my concerns that the income  brought in by both construction and operation will in no way ameliorate the damage of this project  to the income to the tourist industry on which this Heritage Coast relies.
  • I wish to register my concern about the seeming paucity of truly local jobs gained and how many other local jobs lost through Sizewell C.
  • I wish to register my concerns as to the disproportionate loss caused to our community and environment by this project, and the correspondingly disproportionate benefits that  are offered elsewhere.
  • Finally I want to register my concerns as to the potential danger that this plant can cause the inhabitants of the Suffolk Coast, including those in my division

Melton Hill – Decision Day

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Caroline Page speaks about the need for affordable housing in Woodbridge. Picture: Charmian Berry

Update: despite all representations, the East Suffolk planning committee  agreed the development, with two dissenting voices. One was Woodbridge LibDem District Councillor, Kay Yule.

We will now see what the next step will be

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Today is the day when the District Planning Committee decide whether the Melton Hill (Cheese wedge) development goes ahead.

Yesterday I accompanied the planning committee around the sites, in company with several Town Councillors, to view the impact on the town and neighbours.

The media  would like us to believe it is a done deal, but decisions are made by elected councillors not officers.

Viewing the site from Sutton Hoo

This is the third time this developer has come to the council with plans for the site.  Each time, the benefit to the community has reduced. Active Urban is obliged under legislation to provide 30% of the units as affordable units.  “Affordable housing” should mean housing  that can be afforded by the local people who we rely on and who so desperately need it. This is not what is on offer. Indeed, each offer seems to provide less affordable space.

https://suffolklibdems.org/carolinepage/2019/08/10/melton-hill-not-only-how-but-who/  et al.

I am told by the planning department that as your County Councillor I have no official right to speak today, except as an individual. The three minutes allotted for protesters is already – ably -filled.

So I am putting out here the questions I hope will come to the Committee’s minds as they examine the evidence:

  1. Why is East Suffolk Council bending the rules, and allowing the developer such a flexible interpretation of ‘affordable’ ?
  2. Why is East Suffolk Council ignoring the needs and wishes of the people of East Suffolk?
  3. Why is East Suffolk Council failing to remember, we not they own this site?
  4. Why is East Suffolk Council bending the rules on sustainability?
  5. Why is East Suffolk Council destroying almost every mature tree on the site – including two rare mulberries?
  6. Why has East Suffolk Council suddenly failed to include the old office buildings (one, a pleasant early 19th century villa) within their new proposed conservation area? It was in the original proposals.
  7. Most importantly of all, why are East Suffolk officers seemingly bending over backwards to facilitate this particular developer?

There are many explanations on offer.

In no scenario are the needs and wishes of the people of East Suffolk anywhere in the picture. Yet we pay taxes.  East Suffolk Council hold the site in trust for us.  Melton Hill could be sensitively and sensibly developed for local and environmental benefit rather than individual gain – as the award-winning  Norwich development shows https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/16/norwich-goldsmith-street-social-housing-green-design

So, please come and join us outside East Suffolk House, Tuesday 13:00 and join a cross-party  mass expression of  quiet concern to encourage the committee to come to the right decision

You can bring a banner or poster if you want, but most importantly, bring yourself.  And your children/grandchildren. It is half term. It is also their adult future in Woodbridge!


 

Come support Jetty Lane planning decision, Thurs 21 Feb!

In the early 60s, the Woodbridge Club was long established, and clearly popular with both the young people of Woodbridge and the older residents who lived nearby. Note – this dancing was till 11pm, under the aegis of the magnificent Mike Warden and the late, much lamented, Don Spall! And as the article puts it “And those of the older generation must say ‘and why not?'”

Update: The district planning committee voted unanimously to give permission, and said some very complimentary things about the Jetty Lane  plans and intentions. We couldn’t be better pleased! This is another real vote of confidence in the project

The vital planning meeting  for  Woodbridge ‘s proposed Jetty Lane Community Youth and Arts Centre is being held tomorrow, Thursday 21 February, at Suffolk Coastal’s new headquarters in Riduna Park.  It’s a public meeting – do come and support us and the community of Woodbridge. We’re expecting the discussion to take place early – around 9am – so please get there before 9.

When the Community Youth Centre was pulled down in 2017, many groups were forced to move out of Woodbridge simply  because there was nowhere to house them. The Jetty Lane  site (Jetty Lane being the original name of The Avenue) – has been used uninterruptedly for Youth and Community clubs and meetings since 1949 : that’s SEVENTY years!  It is now the last site suitable for such a centre in Woodbridge.

The County Council have such faith in the need for this project to have offered a 125y lease on the land. We are really hoping that the district council will have similar faith!

It is clear that Jetty Lane has a great deal of community support. However, despite a number of community consultations (still ongoing) a few residents still have personal concerns about this project. This is understandable. As chair of Jetty Lane I would like to assure them that the cic – soon to be a charity – will work with them at all times to endeavour to allay their concerns . After all,  this site has been occupied for the same purposes for seventy years. It’s not exactly new.

Slightly more startling however,  are the two letters of objection sent to the Planning department  from a central London-based planning consultancy on behalf of unnamed and unknown ‘local interests’.  We do not know whether these ‘local interests’  are people, or companies, or even people who are associated with companies.  What, do you think, is their agenda?  Is it to benefit the community of Woodbridge?