The shadow secretary for energy and climate change has said it is vital the views of Norfolk and Suffolk people are listened to over controversial suggestions which could see pylons built through parts of the Broads.

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The shadow secretary for energy and climate change has said it is vital the views of Norfolk and Suffolk people are listened to over controversial suggestions which could see pylons built through parts of the Broads.

National Grid documents have revealed proposals for a 25-mile power line from Lowestoft to Norwich, to bring ashore energy generated by the giant East Anglia One windfarm being built off the Suffolk coast.

Campaigners fear that could lead to pylons being built on the Broads and have called for the cables to instead be placed underground.

The concerns led to the EDP launching a Say No To Pylons campaign, calling on readers to support the calls for the Broads to be protected and the cables buried, instead of destroying the landscape.

Labour shadow minister Caroline Flint learned of the campaign during a visit to Norwich, where the East of England Labour Party held their regional conference at the weekend.

The University of East Anglia graduate said wind energy could bring economic benefits, but that the views of those who believe areas such as the Broads should be protected deserve to be heard.

She said: “We need to find ways for cleaner and more sustainable energy for the future. We are the windiest country in Europe and it will be a missed opportunity if we do not maximise that.

“But we need to recognise the views of everybody involved. We also need to recognise that local communities want to protect areas of outstanding beauty and landscape, especially with somewhere like the Broads, which is so important to the local economy.

“I hope there will be discussions which mean communities can feel really involved and that they are being listened to.”

Mrs Flint also backed Norwich City Council’s ‘Big Switch and Save campaign’, which aims to get cheaper fuel bills for households by collective bargaining.

She visited the Heartsease home of Bernard Matthews worker Colin Brighten, who is hoping the scheme will save him money on his fuel bills.

4 comments

  • Say no to Labours initial dreams of 'the white heat of technology' nuclear power. Let us safeguard the wash and Fenlands by building a tidal power station and a lock system with a dyke from Hunstanton to Skeggy.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • When did she find out about global warming andwho is pulling the strings

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    No to tory boy

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • So where is she proposing that the next generation of power stations are built to supply power when the wind doth not blow? Not in her back yard - that`s a dead cert. Life`s so easy in opposition. You can promise the earth, without any come back whatsoever and your supporters think you are wonderful.

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    BG

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • China is building molten salt reactors, they run on most types of nuclear waste. Here, next to the Wash, we are ignoring tidal power at our peril. A single dyke with turbines and a lock system for the 150ships per year from Skegness to Hunstanton would generate more power than two nuclear power stations.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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