Country - News From Levington Re-submission of Wind Turbines
A planning appli- cation for two wind turbines (15m and 20m with 13.1 metres three bladed rotors) on land at Levington Hall has been re-submitted after it was origi- nally submitted in
July last year and temporarily with- drawn following a village meeting where overwhelming opposition was expressed. The proposed turbines site is within the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB). It is also within 500 metres of Levington's designated Site of Special Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA) where thousands of migra- tory birds, flocks of geese, duck and protected species fly regularly over Levington (often between the River Deben and the River Orwell) to roost or feed on fields near the Hall, Levington Creek and river estuary. The application has provoked wide- spread interest again with many let- ters of objection received and voiced opposition from residents and com- mercial businesses within the parish including concerns expressed about the turbines being situated so close to residential dwellings. Taking into account residents' opinions, the National Planning Policy Framework, SCDC Reviewed Core Strategy, the cri- teria of an AONB (a precious land- scape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safe- guard them), parish councillors unani- mously decided to oppose this appli- cation.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee A village volunteer group is kindly organising 'A Village Lunch' on Sunday 10th June as part of the vil- lage's Queen's Diamond Jubilee cele- bration. Commemorative Jubilee mugs are being purchased as gifts for all the children in the village.
Coming up in May The Parish Council meets on 2nd May. The weekend of Saturday 5th May (from 12 noon to 6pm) and Sunday 6th May (from 10.00am to 4pm) sees a 'HISTORIC LEVINGTON' event in the Village Hall (on the door £2.50 adults, £1.00 children under 16). There will be displays of objects, memorabilia, old documents and photographs. The Village Recorders (past and present) and all the village organisations will be providing archive material for this event. Light refreshments will be
available. Levington Luncheon Club is on Tuesday 8th May. Levington WI meets on Wednesday 9th May and will be discussing the Resolution 'Employment of more Midwives'. Levington History Club meets 23rd May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Well known historian, Clive Paine, will give an illustrated talk 'Queen Victoria's Jubilee in the Empire, England, and our local area'. Visitors welcomed.
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Letters to the Editor
Additional rail freight from the docks
Dear Sir, I share Mr Goodwin's pleasure in see- ing that additional rail freight from the docks will free up the A14. However, I have seen no thought given to those who live close to the railway line. When we bought our house in Trimley St Mary, I was con- cerned that my wife may have diffi- culty with the noise of the trains so asked Felixstowe Docks for a sched- ule of the trains, which they duly pro- vided. As it happens, very few trains cause any inconvenience, although I did have cause to contact the docks some time ago as there appeared to be increasing numbers of trains sit- ting, idling very noisily and messily, waiting for the lights to be in their favour. Whether coincidentally or not, the frequency of these annoyances diminished to some extent.
In view of the news of the increased rail traffic, I asked Dr Therese Coffey if she had any information and she replied that she understood that there would be a "consultation" - very fashionable these days and usually meaning advising people that some- thing they will not like is going to happen! Unsurprisingly, I have heard nothing of any consultation to date.
I am concerned that, as there are few people affected, nobody is going to give a hoot about any additional inconvenience, potential damage to property and decrease in property values (but not council rates, I am quite sure). While I do not expect to be able to achieve much, it would be pleasant if, for once, there was some consideration given to those who live close to the railway track. If you or Mr Goodwin do have any information about the plans for the rail freight or can direct me to some- one who can enlighten me, I would be most grateful.
Your faithfully, Steve Deacon
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My Titanic Moment
Dear Sir, I spent a great deal of my working life as an Engine Room Artificer in the Royal Navy - serving on a variety of ships from a small insignificant Frigate - HMS Loch Fada to the huge powerful Cruiser HMS Belfast - now restimg at peace near to Tower Bridge in London. At some stage I served on a World War 2 fast and very tough Battle Class Destroyer - HMS Corunna operating out of Gibralter. One night during a very hectic exercise with other RN and NATO ships - all operat- ing at high speed in "Darkened Ship" conditions - I had just settled into a deep slumber after a spell down in the Engine Room .
Suddenly I was
shaken out of my slumbers to a lot of noise and vibration terminating in a huge Bang.
Now, the evening before
I had been watching the black & white film "A night to Remember" with Kenneth Moore as Charles Lightoller of the RMS TITANIC. - so visions of Iceberghs and flooding compartments loomed fresh in my sleep befudled mind. So, as soon as I woke up I thought "Heck - we've crashed into an Icebergh"!! I was into my overtalls and half way back down to the Engine Room when my brain started to work and I remem- bered that were were operating in the Bay od Biscay - not exactly an Icebergh prone area !!"
we had been involved in a high speed collision with another destroyer - HMS Barrosa. We ploughed into her side damaging her starboard pro- peller shaft and flattening our own bows back about 30 ft.
nobody was injured - but both ships were badly damaged and we spent the next 24 hours shoring up bulk- heads and doing emergency repairs to keep both ships afloat before mak- ing it back to Gibralter and major repairs. . Like the Titanic though - if we had impacted at a slightly differ- ent angle the story could have been very different.
So there you are - that was my "Titanic Moment" - my very own "Night to Remember"
Cavendish Community Association
To anyone living in the West Ward area of Felixstowe, are you interested in joining Cavendish Community Association? We were formed in 2004 in order to promote a community spir- it amongst residents in the area. In that time we have made donations to many local organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau, Felixstowe Stroke Club, Arthritis Care and many youth organisations.
Annually we present "Community Awards" to the children of Grange School. These awards are given to the children who have made the extra effort to help someone in the commu- nity, or something which benefits the community as a whole. Also, annually we award a "Team Spirit" trophy on Sports Day to the juniors at Grange school. This year we will start an annual presentation of a trophy for the Infants; this will be called the "Olympic Spirit" and will be in the shape of the Olympic torch.
The Association is non-political and non-religious; we have an equal opportunities policy, all are wel- come.We have a general meeting each year; this year it is on Monday 16 April at 7.30pm in the upstairs room at Christ Church. Local police offers and councillors will be there to give their reports and answer any questions.
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