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Sizewell C needs to provide a ‘better deal’ for Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 December 2016

An artist's impression of Sizewell C

An artist's impression of Sizewell C

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Community leaders who met to discuss Suffolk’s latest nuclear power station proposals have agreed its developers need to offer a better deal for the county.

Nearly 80 town and parish representatives along with members of the Joint Local Authority Group (JLAG) concluded that EDF Energy’s stage two consultation for Sizewell C has failed to make enough progress from its proposals four years ago.

The key concerns raised at the summit held on Tuesday focussed on the proposed accommodation campus, whose location near Therberton is feared to lack the required infrastructure to transport up to 2,400 workers to and from the construction site. Other issues included EDF’s alleged failure to “fully understand the communities of east Suffolk” and their concerns.

The summit also heard that EDF’s proposals to have 35 metre high “spoil heaps” would have a significant impact on the those living and visiting the area and it was not yet clear what mitigation would be provided.

Transport routes for construction material were also said to be unclear, with EDF urged to provide more detail about how much would be brought in by road, sea and rail.

Delegates have also called for assurances that young people would be able to benefit from the employment opportunities potentially on offer.

The long-held aspiration for a four-villages bypass on the A12, known as the Suffolk Energy Gateway, remains a key aim. And environmental concerns are yet to be resolved.

JLAG chairman, Guy McGregor, said: “The resounding view in the room was that much more detailed information is still required from EDF Energy to enable local communities and us as local authorities to effectively respond to the proposed development.”

JLAG vice chairman Geoff Holdcroft thanked those who attended and said their views would inform the response.

EDF said more than 1,700 people have so far attended its Sizewell C public exhibitions and encouraged more people to take part in the consultation, which runs until February 3.

A spokesman for the company said there would also be a further stage of consultation and stressed Sizewell C’s importance in providing the nation’s future energy needs, as well as its local employment benefits.

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