The Parish Council is made up of twelve seats in the Gislingham Ward. There are nine Councillors from Wortham and three Councillors from Burgate.
The Parish Council meets on average 9 times annually. The meetings are shared between the villages. The meetings are held at Wortham Village Hall during the winter and move to Burgate Church hall for the summer months
Wortham and Burgate Parish Council strongly object to the National Grid's East Anglia GREEN Energy Enablement proposal to reinforce the high-voltage electricity network from Norwich Main substation to Tilbury substation, and connect new offshore wind generation, by way of a new line of 400kv pylons. We believe that what we have been presented is a quasi-consultation lacking either transparent proposals or comparative costings, which is biased towards an overland solution without providing a cost benefit analysis. We instead support an undersea option, and believe National Grid have failed to provide a fair and just consultation by omitting the Sea Link 2 (SCD2) option from the public consultation.
The Parish of Wortham and Burgate has over 250 acres of registered common land in eight separate and distinct areas including Wortham Ling, which is an SSSI (Site of Scientific Interest) and a popular nature area visited by many people, and the Long Green which is designated as a VIOS (Visibly Important Open Space). Each of the eight areas has a unique character and considerable landscape and conservation value. They are havens for wildlife because they have been managed the same way for hundreds of years by way of light grazing and cutting of the grass for hay. Fenland to the west of Wortham Ling is also an SSSI, and an NNR (National Nature Serve) and RAMSAR site (Wetland of International Importance under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). It is of high ecological value and a managed habitat for birds, winter waders and wildfowl. The village of Wortham includes 58 Grade II listed buildings and is famous for being home to the author Richard Cobbold between 1825 and 1877, who published 'The Biography of a Victorian Village - Wortham' in 1860. Burgate Wood is also an SSSI. Its 75 acres are a particularly good example of the type of oak-hornbeam woodland characteristic of this part of north Suffolk. It is ancient, with a coppice-with-standards structure and continues to support entirely semi-natural stands. Many giant coppiced stools are present which indicate its great antiquity. Close by is Gittings Wood, an ancient woodland, also with many rare species.
The environmental and socioeconomic damage to the parish caused by the proposed pylon route would be devastating.
We support and recognise the drive for green energy to achieve net zero by 2050, and are in agreement with Sir Bernard Jenkins and OffSET that the offshore grid, which the Government has already committed to delivering, is the most reasonable and effective route. National Grid estimates savings of £6bn per year for consumers from a coordinated offshore grid, making a nonsense of their argument that the proposed pylon route has an advantage for being financially less expensive. Undersea electricity cables are already being built to route electricity south from Scotland to protect Scottish countryside, and we believe this precedent should be followed to protect our own parish, and all those affected by the proposed route from Norwich Main substation to Tilbury substation in Essex.
The proposals as they stand, take no account of the impact they will have on individuals' enjoyment of existing leisure activities, or on amenities.
This letter has been copied to Jo Churchill MP, Richard Bacon MP, James Cartlidge MP, Sir Bernard Jenkin MP, Dr Dan Poulter MP and Kemi Badenoch MP. The Parish Council has seen a copy of the letter sent by the above mentioned MPs to the Rt Hon Greg Hands, dated the 20th May 2022, the contents of which the Parish Council is in complete agreement with. Additionally, the Rt Hon Greg Hands has also been copied in to the Parish Council's response.
Wortham & Burgate Parish Council
8th June 2022
|Barry Cole - Chair Wortham & Burgate PCemail@example.com|
|Carl Baker - Worthamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jacky Bradley - Vice Chair - Chair Employment Committeeemail@example.com|
|Chris Grocott - Wortham - Footpath Repfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ian Hovey - Worthamemail@example.com|
|David Ling - Worthamfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mike Odams - Burgateemail@example.com|
|Jenny Piper - Wortham||
|Richard Thornton - Wortham||
|Chris Williams - Burgate Footpath Rep||
|Nick Castle - Wortham||
|Susan Wright - Wortham - Finance Rep||
|Parish Clerk||Jane Challis|
|Address||75 Shelfanger Road|
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