In these tough times, I’m pleased to be able to begin this month with some genuinely good news.
Norfolk MPs have campaigned strongly to stop every new wind farm having to dig its own trench across Norfolk to connect to the National Grid.
The current rules prevent them from sharing trenches and also stop National Grid from taking the National Transmission System to the North Sea. The result is huge disruption for our villages and ecology.
Our lobbying persuaded the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to order a review of the system, which has just been published: National Grid ESO agrees with us!
By integrating offshore connections the industry will save up to £6 billion – that’s money off our bills in the long run – and will largely do away with the need for on-land cabling in Norfolk.
This is real progress, but the challenge will now be to make sure this actually happens, and that schemes that are already in the pipeline can take advantage of this new approach. I will continue to work on this.
Green Homes Grant scheme
October also marks the launch of the government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme: homeowners and landlords can apply for a grant voucher towards the cost of installing energy-efficient improvements to homes.
This could include insulating your home to reduce energy use or installing low-carbon heating to lower the amount of carbon dioxide your home produces.
Covid-19 infections rising
The reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases over the summer provided a respite for our retail, leisure and hospitality businesses, and a much-needed boost to our local economy.
However, with the winter flu season starting, infections will rise so we must continue to focus on taking sensible precautions.
The number of cases in Broadland continues to remain low, but there has been a dramatic increase in Great Yarmouth. The simple precautions of “Hands. Face. Space” will continue to be important for the foreseeable future.
Jerome Mayhew, MP for Broadland