Public have their say on nuclear options
NEARLY two-thirds of people in Suffolk are opposed to the building of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell, The Evening Star can reveal today.Results collected by consultants 2Cs Consult reveal 64 per cent of people are against proposals to build a third power station at the east Suffolk site.
NEARLY two-thirds of people in Suffolk are opposed to the building of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell, The Evening Star can reveal today.
Results collected by consultants 2Cs Consult reveal 64 per cent of people are against proposals to build a third power station at the east Suffolk site.
The Martlesham-based company launched a website last week to gauge the public's feelings on nuclear power following government revelations that further nuclear power stations need to be built.
They are likely to be constructed on existing sites where less public opposition is likely and the necessary skill base is already available and Sizewell is one of the locations under consideration.
In its first week in operation 2Cs' nuclear debate website has received 181 visitors.
Of those 62pc opposed the government's plans to build more nuclear power stations and 64pc opposed plans to build at Sizewell.
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Bob Woolliams, 2Cs' managing director, said: “We're delighted to have received a good amount of visitors to the website in such a short period of time.
“We hope lots more local residents will contribute to the debate on nuclear power and we expect the results from the site will change regularly.”
The website has also revealed that most people would prefer to see the development of off-shore wind farms in Suffolk (36pc), followed by a new nuclear power station (24pc) and on-shore wind farms (21pc).
N Do you think a new nuclear power station should be built at Sizewell? Write to: Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
N “… security around nuclear sites needs to be seriously re-evaluated: one suicide bomber in the wrong place could spell the end of east Suffolk.”
N “Sizewell is about as far away from a major population as we can get without using a new site, so if nuclear is the way forward, it makes sense to have it there”
N “…in the time it takes to decide, build and commission a power station, other forms of energy may be available.”
N “I have serious concerns on the legacy left for our children in terms of decommissioning, disposal of waste and possibility of accidental contamination.”
N “If the existing nuclear plants are considered to have been successful, then it makes sense to build another alongside.”