Our draft response to the Sizewell C Consultation can be found HERE.
The Aldeburgh Society has written to Barclays and Therese Coffey, MP to object to the closure of the branch in Aldeburgh High Street noting that this move will adversely affect the vulnerable and in particular the elderly, many of whom cannot get to Leiston and many of whom are not on the internet.
We also pointed out that the cash dispenser in Barclays is the only one in the centre of the Town which is open 24 hours, that the one inside the Post Office can only be used when the Post Office is open and that a busy holiday town like Aldeburgh surely needs a 24 hours cash facility in its High Street where for example all the shops are open on a Sunday.
Barclays are not prepared to reconsider the decision to close but are amenable to discussing the placing of the ATM in another Aldeburgh High Street retail outlet.
We have relayed this to the Town Council and the Aldeburgh Business Association.
We wrote a second time to send Barclays the petition signed by so many Aldeburgh residents and collected by Baggotts. Our letter is here
Barclays have reiterated that they will not reconsider and have explained that they are running “Tea and Tech” sessions at the Branch and at the Fairfield Centre.
Barclays’ letter is here:
They have sent us details of the sessions which are as follows:
21st Feb 2019 at the Fairfield centre
5th March 2019 at the Aldeburgh Branch
21ST March 2019 at the Fairfield centre
11th April at the Fairfield Centre
All events start from 10:00am.
The Society is very disappointed with the Scottish Power Renewables response to the latest round of consultations. They still favour the Friston site and have not addressed the Society's real concerns over traffic through Aldeburgh. See the conclusions and the Society's response to them by clicking on the buttons below.
We had an excellent presentation from Nick Hulme the Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust on the future of the NHS and the merger of Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals. You can see his slide presentation by clicking on the button below.
The Aldeburgh Society’s response to East Anglia Two and One North Offshore Wind Farm’s phase 3.5 Public Consultation Exercise can be found by clicking on the button below. We have serious reservations about the plans and are very worried about the routing of construction traffic through the Aldeburgh roundabout.
Scottish Power Renewables have reacted to strong objections to their plans to support these windfarms by building substations inland away from the coast at Friston by running an additional Phase of Consultation ‘Phase 3.5’ which includes the proposal to site the substations on land to the west of the Sizewell. The Phase 3.5 Consultation has been extended and will now run to 12th November.
SPR’s amended SoCC (Statement of Community Consultation) reflects the ‘alternative option’ of siting the substation at Broom Covert, Sizewell in the AONB. It also sets out the proposed construction traffic and transportation aspects of the projects which are very concerning to the Society. Irrespective of which site is chosen for the substations, it is now clear that the plan is to route HGVs used in the construction of the landfall site at Thorpeness from the A12 down the A1094 to Aldeburgh and up the B1122 to the B1353 and to Thorpeness.
This means HGVs coming into Aldeburgh down the Saxmundham Road and turning at the Roundabout to take the Leiston Road. SPR claim that the route is wide enough to allow two way HGV traffic. Aldeburgh residents know full well that this is not credible. In addition the Roundabout is always congested and is used by schoolchildren on their way to and from Aldeburgh primary school, residents going to the two supermarkets and the pub as well as those using the Jubilee Path.
This new consultation has revealed just how damaging these proposal are for the entire region and the Aldeburgh Society will be objecting strongly to what is emerging as a plan to turn East Suffolk into an Energy Hub.emerging as a plan to turn East Suffolk into an Energy Hub.
Check out the update HERE.
And the Society's response from August HERE.
The traffic and transport fact sheet is here
We will be repeating our original objection that “Buildings of this type should not be built in an AONB and the NPPF states that development in an AONB should only take place in exceptional circumstances. We note that the substations for EA1 (South) are being placed many miles inland and we would recommend a similar approach for these proposed wind farms. The substations should be sited away from villages and well screened.” And adding our objection to the proposed transport route.
Residents are urged to fill in SPR’s feedback form on
And/or to email: Heading: EA Two & EA One North Phase 3.5 Consultation