Press Statement Public Meeting 7 January 2017

9 January 2017, for Immediate Release


Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS), B1122 Action Group & Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group [1]

Over 200 attend joint Public Meeting on Sizewell C.szc-theberton-meeting-070117

Meeting expresses strong opposition to EDF’s Stage 2 proposals.

[THEBERTON, EAST SUFFOLK] Over 200 people packed into St Peter’s Church Theberton on Saturday 7 January for a spirited Public Meeting on Sizewell C, organised by Theberton and Eastbridge Parish Council with Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS), B1122 Action Group and Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group.  A number of elected representatives participated: Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey, County Councillors including Michael Gower and Richard Smith, District Councillors and representatives from other Parish Councils nearby.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and encourage individual responses to EDF’s Stage 2 consultation on Sizewell C.

“The large numbers of people attending and the passionate expressions of concern showed how much local people feel profoundly let down by EDF’s Sizewell C Stage 2 proposals,” said Su Swallow, Co Chair of TEAGS. “Of overriding concern are EDF’s complete failure to present any new ideas in response to widespread opposition to a campus for 2,400 so close to Minsmere and Eastbridge, and its refusal to consider a relief road instead of relying on the B1122, which is clearly not fit for purpose. The dangers of water and dust pollution from EDF’s planned borrow pits and spoil heaps – especially to the Minsmere reserve – coastal erosion and the effect on tourism were also major topics of discussion.”

Speakers at the Public Meeting highlighted the importance of submitting a response to EDF by the 3 February deadline, and sending copies of their responses both to elected representatives and the Planning Inspectorate. With local people feeling frustrated at the lack of changes in EDF’s plans to date, speakers emphasised that the proposals at Stage 2 were always expected to merely be a “glossier” version of those at Stage 1, and that the critical period for action was between now and EDF’s Stage 3 consultation (dates uncertain).

“EDF has much to do to address local concerns about its plans for constructing Sizewell C. In addition to plugging the many significant holes in the information provided at Stage 2, we also call on EDF to be more transparent about the opinions expressed in the responses it receives, and more accountable to those that take the trouble to submit their views,” said Alison Downes, TEAGS Co Chair.

At the Public Meeting, Theberton & Eastbridge Parish Council sought residents’ views to help inform the Council’s response to Stage 2. This was followed by short presentations from TEAGS, B1122 and Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group on transport, accommodation and the environment, before an open question and answer session. Saturday’s event had been promoted during a touring mini-exhibition ‘A Better Route to Sizewell C’, which shadowed EDF’s exhibit at nine locations before Christmas, to highlight the myriad concerns about EDF’s build plans and inform responses to Stage 2 consultations.

For more detailed comment on the various issues, contact:

General & Accommodation: Su Swallow or Alison Downes, TEAGS, 07711 843884,

Transport: Charles Macdowell, B1122 Action Group, 07788 755300,

Environment: Paul Collins, Minsmere Levels Stakeholders Group, 07503 283304,


  1. Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell.

The B1122 Action Group.

The Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group.

Fresh Calls for B1122 Relief Road Ahead of Sizewell C

Ipswich Star: Read Online

1 December 2016, by Richard Cornwell

Local campaigners on Sizewell C – Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS), B1122 Action Group and Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group. L-R Jon Swallow, Amy Whitelock, John Rea-Price, Su Swallow, Gordon McInnes, Alison Downes, Charles Macdowell.

Campaigners have renewed calls for a dedicated relief road to be built to serve Sizewell C – and have urged the public to get behind the idea.

EDF has discounted a new road from the A12 to the coast, saying the B1122, with some safety improvements, will be perfectly adequate as the main route to and from the new nuclear power station.

Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS) says the power plant’s traffic will have a “devastating impact” on the area.

EDF says at peak construction there could be more than 1,500 lorry and bus movements a day – a 542% increase on current levels

TEAGS, which is not campaigning against the new power station and welcomes the benefits it could bring, wants to see a relief road, similar to the D2 route proposed but not built for Sizewell B.

It said as well as being the main traffic route, the B1122, a narrow, winding country road, would also be the emergency and evacuation route.

The group said: “The B1122 passes through three villages, and past Leiston Abbey and two retirement homes, and is clearly not fit to carry all the construction traffic. Its use will place an unfair burden of congestion, noise, pollution, vibration damage and accidents on local communities, and visitors.

“The project needs a dedicated relief road, direct from the A12 to the site. This would help reduce the impact on Yoxford, Middleton and Theberton as well as on tourism and ancient listed buildings. It would also reduce the risk of rat-runs from the wider area.

“A relief road would offer a second and more secure route for evacuation and emergency access.

“It would reduce pollution and disruption, and help secure delivery times to the site. After the build it could provide an economic legacy for Leiston and the area by giving better links to the A12 and avoiding inevitable congestion at Yoxford and Saxmundham.”

EDF admits the B1122 would endure a “significant increase” increase in traffic.

It has suggested a roundabout or traffic light junction at the A12 at Yoxford, plus a 40mph speed limit, work to reduce the road level near Middleton Moor to improve visibility and help traffic using Mill Street, and improvements to the road alignment, plus crossings and footpath work.

‘Shadow exhibition’ set to follow EDF to explain Sizewell C concerns

Read Online. 29 November 2016, 

An artist's impression of Sizewell C

An artist’s impression of Sizewell C

Campaigners are staging their own exhibitions to give residents an alternative view on EDF Energy’s latest proposals for Sizewell C.

The energy giant has unveiled its Stage 2 consultation for the new nuclear power station on the county’s coast and provided residents with further details on a range of issues – including proposed park-and-ride sites, an accommodation campus for workers, and road and rail improvements.

EDF is holding more than 20 public exhibitions across east Suffolk before Christmas. The consultation runs until Friday, February 3.

At the same time, Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS), B1122 Action Group and Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group are organising a shadow mini-exhibition A Better Route to Sizewell C.

It will tour between November 25 and December 19, where possible coinciding with EDF’s exhibitions.

Su Swallow, co-chairman of TEAGS, said: “Whilst our groups are not opposed to Sizewell C, local people continue to have many concerns about how EDF intends to deliver this massive project, from the threats to a beautiful and precious environment to the likely impacts on health and wellbeing.

“Our small exhibition will help to highlight these concerns with the aim of informing responses to EDF’s consultations.”

Exhibitions will take place at: St Peter’s Church, Westleton, today, 4pm to 8pm; Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall, tomorrow, noon to 6pm; St John The Baptist, Saxmundham, Friday, 11am to 3pm; White Hart Inn, Blythburgh, December 7, 11am to 3pm; Darsham Village Hall, December 8, 2pm to 6pm; Bell Inn, Middleton, December 14, 11am to 3pm; and St Peter’s Church, Yoxford, December 19, 3.15pm to 8pm.

EADT, 24 November 2016

Sizewell C protest groups insist: ‘we are here to stay and we won’t be silenced’

Read online (with photos) here

Campaigners are rallying with renewed determineadteelsfootation to protect Suffolk from the unwanted consequences they fear a new nuclear power plant will bring.

24 November 2016, Andrew Hirst

EDF Energy’s long-awaited stage-two consultation for Sizewell C was met yesterday with dismay from communities neighbouring the proposed multibillion pound development site.

Campaign groups criticised the latest 300-page consultation as merely a “box-ticking exercise” which ignores objections raised four years ago.

While there was some support for the inclusion of a “two-villages bypass” on the A12 around Stratford St Andrew and Farnham, other elements of the proposals left campaigners “underwhelmed”. Concerns focused on the accommodation campus proposed for 2,500 temporary workers near Minsmere nature reserve, which residents say will have a “massive impact” on the neighbouring rural communities and environment.

EDF’s preferred road transport route along the B1122 has also provoked alarm for residents, who say it is “wholly unsuitable” for the volume of traffic expected during construction. Campaigners said they had called on EDF to come up with “creative solutions” to these problems and were left “disheartened” by the latest offer.

EDF stressed this was only the second of a three-stage consultation process to ensure “local communities have every opportunity to engage”.

But after four years, many of those gathered yesterday at the impromptu campaign headquarters at the Eel’s Foot in Eastbridge said they had expected EDF to provide greater detail and evidence for their proposals. With only “preliminary assessments” they say it is impossible to provide an informed response.

Members of the Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS), B1122 Action Group and Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group, will be teaming up to hold exhibitions, titled “A Better Route to Sizewell C” alongside EDF’s own consultation events scheduled for the coming weeks.

Su Swallow, co-chairman of TEAGS, said: “We’re disappointed by the lack of movement from EDF. We’ve been pressing them for a long time to think of more creative solutions about how they will handle the workers’ accommodation and transport issues and yet there’s been no shift in what they propose.”

Alison Downes, TEAGS’ other co-chairman, added: “What has EDF been doing for the last four years since stage one? They have kicked the can down the road on these vital issues, making it very difficult for the public to respond.”

TEAGS John Price said it seemed the small neighbouring communities “did not feature in EDF’s calculations”. However, he warned: “We are here to stay and we won’t be silenced.”

Charles Macdowell, of the B1122 Action Group, said he had been left “underwhelmed” by the proposals, which ignored his group’s suggestions for a new transport route, departing the A12 from near Saxmundham.

He said the narrow B1122 from Yoxford to the site, was “wholly unsuitable” for the 1,300 daily lorry movements predicted, which represented a “staggering” 722% increase on current levels.

“I would not call this a proper consultation,” he added. “It’s just a box-ticking exercise.”

A spokesman for EDF said the company was looking forward to hearing local views on its latest plans.

“It is important to stress that this is the second stage of a three stage consultation process to ensure local communities have every opportunity to engage with us,” the spokesman added.

The company said it had a statutory requirement to demonstrate consultation with local communities, adding that feedback from stage one had led to it developing a preferred position on some of the key elements of the proposals, whilst other parts of the plans remain as options.

ITV Anglia 23 November 2016

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£14 billion Sizewell C nuclear power station begins

Video report by ITV Anglia’s Tanya Mercer.

EDF’s second stage of consultation for the proposed 14 billion pound Sizewell C nuclear power station begins.

The new consultation deals with a range of issues conceitvwarroomrning roads, workers’ accommodation and environmental impacts.

In a separate announcement in the autumn statement, the Chancellor promised one million pounds to look at easing traffic on the A12 nearby.

The Sizewell C project could provide 25,000 jobs during its construction and go on to generate electricity for 6 million homes, but the proposals are causing concerns for those who live nearby.

Last updated Wed 23 Nov 2016

Reaction to Stage 2 proposals

For Immediate Release, 23 November 2016

Campaigners slam EDF for ignoring local concerns about Sizewell C proposals and for failing to provide vital information

Missed opportunity for creative solutions to accommodation and transport misery, prolonging anxiety about environmental and community impacts

[SUFFOLK] Campaigners in east Suffolk today expressed profound dismay that, after almost four years, EDF’s proposals for Sizewell C remain largely unchanged, with a campus for 2,400 workers at Eastbridge, no consideration of a relief road, and major gaps in the information provided. EDF’s ‘Stage 2’ consultation documents, published today, ignore local concerns about the impacts of worker accommodation and construction traffic on the environment and neighbouring communities in the front line of the largest infrastructure project the east of England has ever seen.

Su Swallow, Co Chair of Theberton and Eastbridge Action on Sizewell (TEAGS) said “We’re not opposed to Sizewell C and welcome the benefits it would bring, but EDF’s Stage 2 proposals show that the company simply hasn’t listened to our concerns about how this massive project will be delivered, and is mainly focused on doing things as cheaply as possible. It’s devastating that EDF is insisting on building a new town for two and a half thousand workers at Eastbridge, which we believe will exacerbate the threats to Minsmere, a national treasure.”

Alison Downes, TEAGS Co Chair added: “These consultation documents are notable for what is missing: options from Stage 1 have disappeared leading us to question whether this is genuine consultation. There is a lack of clear evidence and rationale for their proposals and critical information about environmental and community impact, coastal processes, noise, water and flood risk is simply not available. What has EDF been doing for the last four years since Stage 1? They have kicked the can down the road on providing answers about these vital issues, making it very difficult for the public to respond.”

Since 2012 local campaigners have met EDF senior executives a number of times to help EDF be a good neighbour, and persuade the company to alter its proposals, including changing its plans to build accommodation for thousands of workers so close to Minsmere, where at Hinkley Point C, EDF will spread worker accommodation over several smaller sites. [2] Opposition to the Eastbridge campus is supported by local MP Dr Therese Coffey. [3]

Another major concern is EDF’s insistence that the B1122 – a narrow, winding country road – is suitable for construction and worker traffic. EDF’s own estimates predict up to 1,300 lorry and bus movements on the B1122 at peak, a 542% increase on current traffic, and a staggering 722% increase for Yoxford. [4] Suffolk County Council revealed in July that traffic on the B1122 was “the number one” concern for the community, with residents feeling that EDF had not yet provided any satisfactory solutions. [5]

Charles Macdowell of the B1122 Action Group said: “EDF’s Stage 2 proposals do nothing to alleviate our concerns about transport. Despite the long time since Stage 1, all EDF can come up with is some minor tinkering with the B1122. Our own studies [6] show that a dedicated new road for Sizewell C would prevent 12 years of traffic chaos on the B1122, A12 and surrounding area. On both transport and accommodation, EDF has wasted the last four years and has missed a valuable opportunity for some creative solutions that would bring a lasting positive legacy to the area, whilst reducing the harm to the environment and local people in the path of Sizewell C.“

TEAGS, the B1122 Action Group and Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group are running a series of alternative exhibitions during EDF’s Stage 2 consultations, to help raise awareness of how the Sizewell C proposals will affect nearby communities. Members of the public are warmly invited to visit our exhibition entitled “A Better Route to Sizewell C” before making their responses to EDF. [7]

Su Swallow said: “While today’s news is very disheartening we are committed to continuing to campaign to protect this magical and special place. With the many challenges EDF is encountering with its other new builds, we believe it will be some considerable time before Sizewell C is constructed, so we will continue to press EDF to get its proposals right.”

[1] Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell was formed in 2013 to represent the concerns of its residents about EDF’s accommodation and transport plans. It has the full support of the Parish Council. The B1122 Action Group was formed in 2013 to press EDF for a dedicated road from the A12 to the Sizewell C construction site. The Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group monitors the management of the water catchment area of the Minsmere River, Leiston Beck and Leiston Drain, its subsequent discharge through the Minsmere Sluice to the sea, as well as the state of coastal erosion across the Minsmere Haven area.
[2] In Somerset, worker accommodation will comprise 500 immediately adjacent to the build site, the remaining 1,000 on two sites in Bridgwater, population 50,000, with the potential for some legacy student accommodation. In Suffolk, up to 3,000 workers will be housed on green fields around 2-3 miles from the build site, and a very long way from suitable infrastructure and entertainment for workers off-shift.
[3] See letter to constituents, March 2015.
[4] EDF Stage 2 detailed Consultation Document, page 87.
[5] County Councillor Guy McGregor said: “We needed to hear what concerns local people have about the development. This report has given voice to such concerns and EDF need to listen and act upon this….. We will use this information to ask EDF Energy to take direct measures to address the widespread worries of the local community.”
[6] See
[7] Exhibitions will be held at (see also
Theberton & Eastbridge, Friday 25 November, 2 – 8pm. Venue: St Peter’s Church, Theberton.
Leiston, Saturday 26 November, 10am – 4pm. Venue: Quaker Meeting House, Waterloo Avenue.
Westleton, Tuesday 29 November from 4 – 8pm. Venue: St Peter’s Church, Westleton.
Aldeburgh, Wednesday 30 November from 12 – 6pm. Venue: Aldeburgh Parish Church Hall.
Saxmundham, Friday 2 December from 11am – 3pm. Venue: St John The Baptist, Saxmundham.
Blythburgh, Wednesday 7 December from 11am – 3pm. Venue: The White Hart Inn.
Darsham, Thursday 8 December, from 2 – 6pm. Venue: Village Hall, The Street.
Middleton, Wednesday 14 December from 11am – 3pm. Venue: The Bell Inn.
Yoxford, Monday 19 December from 2 – 8pm. Venue: Village Hall, Yoxford.

ITV Anglia Report 9 November 2016

Plans for Sizewell power station move a step closer

Video report by ITV Anglia’s Kate Prout.

Plans for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk have moved a step closer.

EDF Enegry said it will start a public consultation over their latest designs for Sizewell C.

The power company and its Chinese partners want to build two new reactors on the site. Public exhibitions begin on November 23.

Read on ITV Anglia’s site.

EADT: Sizewell C’s long-awaited stage two consultation to launch this month amid calls to create a ‘lasting legacy’ for Suffolk

09 November 2016, by Andrew Hirst. Read on EADT site

The latest options for Suffolk’s new nuclear power plant are to be announced later this month – with communities calling for the proposals to offer a “lasting legacy” for the county.

EDF Energy said stage two of its consultation on Sizewell C will begin on Wednesday, November 23, when people will be invited to have their say on the plans.

The long-awaited consultation, which comes four years after stage one, will cover options for the construction of the power station as well as associated development including an accommodation campus and transport improvements.

Councils and politicians have welcomed the announcement in recognition of the economic benefits of the £16 billion project, which is expected to provide power for five million homes, creating 5,500 jobs during construction and sustaining 900 when operational.

But after EDF’s last consultation was criticised for lacking detail and presenting unpopular options, the company has been urged to take a different approach.

The Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAG) is calling on EDF to consider “creative solutions” to provide a “lasting legacy”. Members of the four villages bypass campaign group, which wants EDF to contribute towards an alternative A12 route, also said they were seeking a “long-term legacy”.

The consultation, which runs until February 3, will feature more than 20 public exhibitions across east Suffolk. It has faced delays due to uncertainties over Sizewell C’s sister project, Hinkley Point C in Somerset, which only received Government backing in September.

The Christmas timing of the consultation, however, has faced criticism. Roy Dowding, chairman of the B1122 Action Group, said EDF was “heavily criticised” for holding stage one of the consultation over the festive period, but “they do not care”.

Nigel Smith, chairman of Middleton-cum-Fordley Parish Council, said EDF’s consultation so far had been “a complete joke”, which had failed to consider local views. Together Against Sizewell C (TASC), a campaign group which formed in opposition to the new power station, said the timing was “very unfortunate”.

EDF said it aspired to the “highest standards of public consultation” and all its public exhibitions ran between November 23 and December 15, with extra time built in to account for the Christmas period. It added that stage one of its consultation engaged with more than 4,000 people at 100-plus events.

The company said feedback from the first consultation had been used to develop “preferred positions” on some of the key elements of the proposals, while others remain as options.

TASC, said it was keen to see the progress made. “The many areas of concern, which were flagged up at the woefully inadequate first stage consultation must be seen to be addressed by EDF,” said TASC member Joan Girling. She said TASC wanted the consultation to include the impact on the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Simon Amstutz, AONB manager, said it expected the points raised in stage one would be addressed by EDF.

“We expect to see proposals on how EDF will protect the vital tourism economy on the Suffolk coast that supports many businesses and jobs,” he added.

TEAG is also calling on EDF to provide reassurances that “adequate measures will be put in place to preserve the special qualities of this area” and its tourism industry.

Guy McGregor, chairman of Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group, said the announcement was “good news” after years of uncertainty.

“Finally, the people most affected by the proposed Sizewell C development will have the opportunity to study and comment on how EDF will manage this massive construction project and how they have responded to the views received from stage one of their consultation,” he added.

Leiston Parish Council said it welcomed the opportunity to take part in the consultation.

Geoff Holdcroft, chairman of Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Sizewell C task group, said: “The construction and operation of this nuclear power station will bring a massive boost to the economy of east Suffolk, but we need to make sure we get it right for our local communities.”

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey said it was “great news” the consultation had been announced.

“It is important that the opinion of residents is conveyed to EDF and that we maximise the opportunity to improve local infrastructure,” she added.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director, said: “We have introduced this further stage of formal public consultation to give the public an opportunity to see how our plans have developed and to help us shape them further before a final stage of consultation.

“We understand it has been some time since we published our initial proposals for feedback, so I would like to encourage people to look through the latest plans for Sizewell C, to visit one of the exhibitions and to take the opportunity to have their say in the development of the project.”

Transport proposals have faced strong opposition

Transport options outlined in stage one of EDF’s Sizewell C consultation provoked some of the greatest opposition among potentially affected communities.

The company has been considering a variety of options to get workers and materials to the construction site via rail, sea and road, which could involve the creation of two park and ride facilities at short-listed locations.

People living near the B1122, which EDF identified as its preferred road route to the site, have raised concerns with its suitability.

Roy Dowding, chairman of the B1122 Action Group, said recent “chaos” along the road showed it was “not fit for the purpose of regular, intense heavy road traffic” and called for a new direct route leaving the A12 from further south.

The Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell also said the B1122 was unsuitable and criticised the lack of information on the possible use of rail and sea for deliveries.

Members of the four villages bypass campaign group, who want EDF to contribute towards a new A12 route avoiding Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham, say recent travel problems in the area have only reinforced their views.

Debbi Tayler, of the group, said a series of “abnormal loads”, which passed through the villages transporting materials towards the coast for offshore wind farms, showed the road could not cope with large construction vehicles.

“It’s as bad as it has ever been and will only get worse,” she said.

“It’s totally unacceptable.”

Mrs Tayler says other options raised in discussions with EDF, including widening the road at Farnham and creating a two village bypass, were also unsuitable. She has called for the company to provide more information from its traffic surveys.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dan Poulter raised the importance of the bypass in Parliament yesterday.

He said: “Historically we have seen a reluctance from EDF to engage with the need for significant improvements to both road and rail infrastructure in east Suffolk, and much more needs to be done to identify priorities for EDF’s contribution to important road improvements on the A12.”

EDF has presented several options for two park and ride facilities near the A12 to ferry workers to and from the construction site from the north and south. Earlier this week, the company confirmed that its plans for a site on the edge of Wickham Market and Hacheston would no longer be a “lorry park”, though the park and ride proposals still stood. The preferred location for the northern park and ride is Darsham. Both options have provoked opposition.

Leonora Van Gils, an interfaith minister whose Darsham home overlooks a site earmarked for a park and ride, said uncertainty over the decision had left her “a prisoner in my own home”, which she could not sell because of the proposals.

Accommodation campus to house 3,000 workers

Campaigners have called on EDF to take an “imaginative approach” to accommodate workers involved in the construction of Sizewell C.

The company has previously said its preferred option for an “accommodation campus”, which would house around 3,000 workers, was area between Leiston, Theberton and Eastbridge.

The Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS), however, said the proposed development was not suitable for a rural site, close to RSPB Minsmere.

“TEAGS continues to call on EDF to take a more imaginative approach, and split the accommodation across multiple urban sites that can offer the necessary infrastructure and would benefit from the investment, and where affordable housing could be a long-term legacy,” the group said. “This would be closer to the plan for Hinkley Point C, and would also protect the special nature of this rural area, which attracts many visitors for the peace, the wildlife and the coast.”

There have been previous calls for the accommodation to become “legacy housing” to help solve the region’s shortage of new homes, particularly social housing.