Serious Concerns from Residents
I am writing on our own behalf and also on behalf of many of the residents in Hannafore Road as we have a lot of concerns about the proposed project. Our row of Victorian properties are directly above the proposed work area and we would all like reassurances that the vibrations from the project will not damage either our properties , the banks below, or any of the unstable areas along Hannafore Road which have already experienced landslips on several occasions.
We are also very concerned about the noise and air pollution we will suffer for the several years the works will be going on and would request that you do a proper assessment of how this will effect residents living in the vicinity of the proposed works and ensure that these findings are passed on to all residents in the area.
Presumably, the work will need to be done at low tide and we would like additional assurances that it will not be carried out in the evenings, at night or at weekends?
Most of the residents and property owners in our postcode hadn't heard anything about this project and it came as a shock to them, so please could you send information, including photos and pictures of what is proposed, to all residents in the area so they can see exactly what is planned. The proposed barrier will be directly below us and, in addition to our concerns about noise and air pollution, we are worried about it being an ugly eyesore as, from proposals I have seen so far, it looks as if the plan is to put a high concrete wall across the river as a permanent feature.
As most of our neighbours and other Looe residents we have discussed this with were not aware of the project at all, I would also ask that leaflets are sent to each household in Looe with a questionnaire asking for their approval or objections so you can take the opinions of everyone in Looe into account rather than basing your approval figures solely on the minority ofresidents who are aware of the proposals on whose opinions you seem to be basing the application for these proposals. It may well be that the majority will be unhappy at the thought of this project and the loss of what is currently an area of natural beauty and which is treasured by the residents of Looe.
From doing a bit of research, I believe that there are other much less invasive ways of managing tidal surges which would not require a permanent structure, which would be considerably cheaper and which would also mean that the beauty and history of Looe harbour is not destroyed. We feel that not enough is being done to give Looe residents information about the proposed work or about other options which would prevent tidal surge without permanently spoiling the charm and beauty of the harbour area forever.
It is surely only fair to send information to all Looe residents so they can all have their say before forging ahead with plans that the majority seem unaware of and which will change the character and beauty of the harbour area of Looe forever.