Fears over wash birds are allayed

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RESIDENTS and councillors in Sutton Bridge have been reassured every precaution will be taken while flood defences are lowered to make way for off-shore wind farm cables.

Representatives from Centrica, the energy company behind the 75 turbine development in the Greater Wash, told Sutton Bridge Parish Council on Tuesday any work on the salt marshes will have to be completed by August 31.

Onshore consent manager Simon Gammage said strict planning consents mean workers cannot interfere with migrating birds.

In a presentation on the plans, councillors were told special machines had been brought in to ensure the least possible damage is caused to the habitat.

Two sections of the bank will be excavated to 5.25 metres deep at its centre point – above expected tide levels – to allow the cables to be laid.

The process is expected to take a maximum of five days and piles would be placed inside the bank when it is reinstated to prevent seepage.

Mr Gammage said sandbags are already on site and will be lifted into place should there be any threat of a surge in the tide.

The cables will connect to a substation in Walpole. When fully operational, the wind farm will generate 270 megawatts of energy.