Energy Projects: Scottish Power EA1N and EA2 windfarm projects
The Planning Hearings were postponed-and we are keeping a watching brief.
For information about latest developments: please see the websites of the various action groups – these are set out below:
Anglian Energy Planning Alliance: https://anglianenergyplanningalliance.com
We were very sorry to have to cancel the talk on March 13th by Cllr Andrewes of St Ives but rather relieved we made the decision when we did. We also postponed our latest Committee meeting which was due to take place on 13th March (that Friday!). We continue our activities virtually via email. We have of course postponed the Pump House Party from 29th May to a date to be announced. We will be in touch about arrangements for the AGM but there is no regulatory problem with this being delayed.
We are all aware of how difficult things are because of the virus and the closure of so many services. We have collected information from a number of sources and hope it is useful.
Aldeburgh Services and information re COVID-19
Aldeburgh Town Council
The Council is working hard to coordinate the response to Covid -19. The website has a letter from the Mayor about important services and help and links to various other sites. See https://www.aldeburghtowncouncil.co.uk/
There is an excellent Facebook group Aldeburgh Covid 19 and vulnerable people support group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/515536379374292/
AGNES is the main volunteering organisation that Aldeburgh residents are being encouraged to work with. If you, or anyone you know needs help, perhaps to collect a prescription or some basic provisions, please contact them on 07773 031064. It also needs volunteers and if interested please contact Susan Henderson by email firstname.lastname@example.org or landline 01728 454943. See https://www.aldeburghtowncouncil.co.uk/?page_id=3768
Aldeburgh Business Association
The Business Association is sharing as many Facebook posts from town businesses that it can, from all businesses not just or members. They have suspended our fees for the next year to support the town. They are sending out newsletters as and when we can.They have also produced an excellent newsletter outlining what steps businesses can take to access government support- ABA website: https://www.aldeburghsuffolk.com/.
Community Action Suffolk Covid 19 https://www.aldeburghtowncouncil.co.uk/?p=3816
Info about another volunteer network
NHS call for volunteers
Aldeburgh Town Council has submitted an excellent response to the Stage 4 consultation. This can be found here. (8Mb)
We continue to respond and encourage you to respond to the various consultations in respect of the major infrastructure projects, Sizewell C and the SPR East Anglia windfarms and the new interconnectors. We remain deeply concerned at their possible negative impact on Aldeburgh and its coast and in particular worry that, if all are allowed to go ahead, the traffic consequences for Aldeburgh will be seriously detrimental. You may be interested to see the views of the ANGLIAN ENERGY PLANNING ALLIANCE and Suffolk Energy Action Solutions (SEAS) umbrella groups which are concerned that we cannot cope with so may uncoordinated projects at the same time. We feel that government should take a proactive role in ensuring that energy projects such as these are carried out in a planned and coordinated way.
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.