Archive for May, 2014

EDP Letter: Kept All Informed

TOM GARROD
CONSERVATIVE NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCILLOR FOR THE WROXHAM DIVISION

With reference to your article “Solar farm the size of 170 football pitches at former RAF Coltishall site a step closer” (EDP, May 13), I asked the Cabinet meeting on Monday for assurance that local people in surrounding villages to the RAF Coltishall site are made fully aware of any activity on the site during installation of the solar panels and that it is communicated effectively with us in advance. As County Councillor for the village of Coltishall, I was deeply concerned when there was an instance just over a month ago when the Lafarge-Tarmac lorries were being stored on the site and we did not know for what purpose until misinformed rumours had spread around the surrounding villages. This was unnecessary, and I stressed to Cabinet my hope that the council has learnt lessons it can put into practice, now that this development has been approved by Cabinet.

The Cabinet member reassured me that the Council is aware of the concerns felt within the local community when Lafarge-Tarmac assembled their new fleet for the Highway Works contract, and that they will make sure nothing similar happens in the future. The County Council are at present working on a potential route which will allow traffic to access the airfield site without going through Badersfield village.

I feel it is very important that local people are kept fully up-to-date with what’s happening on the site in advance of any activity that could cause a temporary disturbance to our community, and as County Councillor I will do my upmost to ensure this happens.

My question to the Norfolk County Council Cabinet regarding the solar farm development on RAF Coltishall

In reference to Item 15 on today’s agenda, could cabinet please assure local people that the County Council will do their upmost to ensure that any activity on the site during installation of the solar panels is communicated effectively with them in advance? There was an instance just over a month ago when the LaFage lorries were being stored on the site and locals did not know for what purpose until misinformed rumours had spread around the surrounding villages. This was unnecessary, and I hope the council has learnt lessons it can put into practice, should today’s report be approved.

​Response by David Harrison, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Development and Waste.

Yes, the Council is aware of the concerns felt within the local community when Lafarge-Tarmac assembled their new fleet for the Highway Works contract. We have already apologised for the misunderstanding that arose. We will make sure nothing similar happens in the future. We are at present working on a potential route which will allow traffic to access the airfield site without going through Badersfield village.

​We have advised Community Liaison Reference Group members of the approach received for the solar proposal. Any proposal to develop a solar proposal will require full planning submission and approval via North Norfolk District Council as the determining planning authority. In addition to the Council’s own communications, the developer themselves will be conducting consultations as part of the planning process.

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