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.”

Notes
[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. www.teags.org. The B1122 Action Group was formed in 2013 to press EDF for a dedicated road from the A12 to the Sizewell C construction site. http://sizewellrelief.weebly.com. 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. http://minsmerelevelsstakeholdersgroup.onesuffolk.net
[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. https://www.dropbox.com/s/bh59xeneruu5osm/CoffeyLetterMarch2015.pdf
[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.” http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/traffic_analysis_raises_serious_concerns_over_sizewell_c_1_4618024
[6] See https://teags.org/transport/
[7] Exhibitions will be held at (see also www.teags.org/exhibition)
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.

Stage 2 Consultations announced

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT by Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS), B1122 Action Group and Minsmere Levels Stakeholder Group [1]

For Immediate Release, 9 November 2016

Contacts: Su Swallow, 01728 830981,  Alison Downes, 07711 843884, Roy Dowding, 07729013310, 

After a four year gap, EDF to rush public consultations on Sizewell C over the Christmas period

Campaigners have pressed EDF since 2012 for creative solutions that would bring a positive legacy to the region and alleviate the worst impacts of Sizewell C construction on people and the environment.  

[SUFFOLK] Campaigners in east Suffolk today responded with dismay to news that, after a delay of almost four years, EDF plans to rush through its “Stage 2” public consultations on Sizewell C over the Christmas period. [2] Representing local residents, campaigners have pressed EDF and elected representatives since 2013 for commitments that negative impacts of worker accommodation and construction traffic on frontline communities and the environment will be genuinely addressed.

Su Swallow, Co Chair of Theberton & Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell [TEAGS] said:Ever since Stage 1 consultations, we and other community representatives have been urging EDF to look imaginatively at ways to enhance Sizewell C’s legacy to the region, whilst reducing the cumulative and disproportionate impacts on people and our unique environment of what is expected to be a decade-long period of chaos. This will be the biggest construction project the East of England has ever seen, and EDF cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the communities in its path.”

EDF promised an additional consultation stage in response to feedback from communities looking for more detailed plans [3]. Of particular interest will be how EDF addresses concerns relating to:

  • Environment: construction will impact the coastline and groundwater, as well as a wide range of birds and other animals, raising threats to two Sites of Special Scientific Interest and the nationally treasured Minsmere Reserve, and damage the unique qualities that make this part of Suffolk so special – peace, tranquility and dark night skies – driving visitors away. Environmental impacts will be exacerbated by a “new town” for up to 3,000 construction workers (see below).
  • Accommodation: EDF intends to build a new town for 3,000 workers – including multi-storey residences, car parks and leisure facilities – close to Minsmere and next to Eastbridge, a hamlet of 50 people. Yet at Hinkley Point, workers will be split across 3 sites mostly in urban settings. [4]
  • Transport: EDF is relying on the B1122, a country road, to carry 600 lorries a day and provide the main emergency access and evacuation route. A Suffolk County Council survey in July 2016 revealed 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]

Alison Downes, Co Chair of TEAGS added: “Despite widespread criticism of EDF for holding Stage 1 consultations over the Christmas period in 2012, [6] history is being repeated, which makes us once again question EDF’s sincerity in its desire to be a “good neighbour”, since feedback seems to fall on deaf ears. EDF has had years to put these proposals together, and yet local people are expected to digest lengthy and complex information and make a meaningful response in less than 10 weeks. Given the long gap since Stage 1 we are at a loss to understand the rush.”

Notes

[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. www.teags.org. The B1122 Action Group was formed in 2013 to press EDF for a dedicated road from the A12 to the Sizewell C construction site. http://sizewellrelief.weebly.com. 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. http://minsmerelevelsstakeholdersgroup.onesuffolk.net

[2] EDF’s “Stage 2” consultation period will last from 23 November 2016 to 3 February 2017.

[3] http://sizewell.edfenergyconsultation.info/szc-proposals/stage-2/

[4] 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.

[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.” http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/traffic_analysis_raises_serious_concerns_over_sizewell_c_1_4618024

[6] EDF’s Stage 1 consultations took place from 21 November 2012 to 6 February 2013.

Communities on alert for start of Sizewell consultation – East Anglian Daily Times

16 September 2016 by Richard Cornwell

Read online – http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/communities_on_alert_for_start_of_sizewell_consultation_1_4698782. This article also appeared in the Ipswich Star.

Communities across east Suffolk are today waiting eagerly and anxiously to find out more details about Sizewell C.

EDF Energy officials in Suffolk said the HPC decision was “good news for Sizewell C”, but could not yet give a date when the next consultation will start.

It is understood officials from the company are talking with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council over the format of the consultation, length and start date.

A spokeswoman said: “As we have said previously EDF will continue to be the lead partner in the Sizewell C Project. We look forward to consulting stakeholders and local communities in Suffolk on our developing proposals for Sizewell C.”

Chinese company CGN has agreed to fund 20% of the development costs of Sizewell C, but its further involvement in the project has not yet been made public.

CGN is due to take a 66.5% share of the new power station at Bradwell, due to be the flagship for Chinese investment, design and technology. It is not yet known how the Government’s new financial and ownership controls could affect the project.

Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS) is hoping there will be as long as possible to consider the proposals for Sizewell C.

Alison Downes of TEAGS said: “Nearly four years after the first consultation stage here in Suffolk on Sizewell C, all evidence suggests that EDF is doggedly sticking to unacceptable plans that will have a devastating impact on our tiny parish – including a multi-storey campus for 3,000 construction workers beside a hamlet of 100 people, along one of the main routes into RSPB Minsmere, and a wildly unrealistic expectation that the B1122, a country road through Theberton, can cope with all construction and emergency traffic.”

TEAGS has expressed support for local Somerset residents.

“We can imagine how residents next to Hinkley C must be feeling, where local campaigners fought valiantly to change aspects of EDF’s construction proposals but to little avail,” said Su Swallow of TEAGS.

“Having visited Hinkley, we know that their experience of negotiating with EDF matches our own thus far in seeking to persuade EDF to amend it proposals – the company appears deaf to what we have to say. The only straw of comfort is the Government’s intention to take a ‘special share’ in future reactors, and we will do all in our power to engage the Government in our battle to stop EDF trampling our communities in east Suffolk.”

Sizewell C is expected to bring a £100m a year boost to the Suffolk economy and the HPC decision was welcomed in the county.

Graham Kill, chairman of the Institute of Directors Suffolk branch, said: “Whilst it has been a more difficult journey than hoped to get Hinkley Point approved, we hope that this is a positive step in the right direction for Sizewell C.

“Further developments at Sizewell will increase the opportunity for jobs in the area and therefore help local businesses. Hopefully the issues with Hinkley Point are behind us and progress on Sizewell C can be made without similar stumbling blocks.”

The new legal framework for future foreign investment in Britain’s critical infrastructure will mean the Government will be able to prevent the sale of EDF’s controlling stake prior to the completion of construction, without the prior notification and agreement of ministers.

This agreement will be confirmed in an exchange of letters between the Government and EDF.

Existing legal powers, and the new legal framework, will mean that the Government is able to intervene in the sale of EDF’s stake once Hinkley is operational.

After Hinkley, the British Government will take a “special share” in all future nuclear new build projects – including both Sizewell C and Bradwell. This will ensure that significant stakes cannot be sold without the Government’s knowledge or consent.

Statement on Hinkley Point 15 September 2016

Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS) expresses support for communities adjacent to Hinkley Point C as UK Government gives the project the green light.

TEAGS fears that EDF’s failure to adequately address local concerns at Hinkley will be replicated in east Suffolk, with even greater hardship for residents here.

[SUFFOLK] Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS) today expressed support for local Somerset residents, as the UK Government gave permission for Hinkley Point C nuclear new build to proceed provided new conditions are met. [1] EDF, which had made its final investment decision on 28 July, and its Chinese partner China General Nuclear Power Corp, have both agreed.

“We can imagine how residents next to Hinkley C must be feeling, where local campaigners fought valiantly to change aspects of EDF’s construction proposals but to little avail,” said Su Swallow of TEAGS. “Having visited Hinkley, we know that their experience of negotiating with EDF matches our own thus far in seeking to persuade EDF to amend it proposals – the company appears deaf to what we have to say. The only straw of comfort is the Government’s intention to take a ‘special share’ in future reactors, and we will do all in our power to engage the Government in our battle to stop EDF trampling our communities in east Suffolk.”

EDF staff told Theberton and Eastbridge Parish Council on 14 September that the company hoped to press ahead swiftly with a second stage of consultations in Suffolk on its proposals for Sizewell C.

Alison Downes of TEAGS said, “Nearly four years after the first consultation stage here in Suffolk on Sizewell C, all evidence suggests that EDF is doggedly sticking to unacceptable plans that will have a devastating impact on our tiny parish – including a multi-storey campus for 3,000 construction workers beside a hamlet of 100 people, along one of the main routes into RSPB Minsmere. and a wildly unrealistic expectation that the B1122, a country road through Theberton, can cope with all construction and emergency traffic.”

In July the results of a Suffolk County Council survey revealed that traffic on the B1122 was “the number one” concern for the community, with residents feeling that EDF had not yet provided any satisfactory mitigation proposals to counter the problems. Local media quoted County Councillor Guy McGregor as saying: “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.”  [2]

The communities around Sizewell are increasingly aware that EDF has so far failed to adequately address local concerns about:

  •   transport, with up to 600 lorries a day expected to use the B1122 to bring loads to Sizewell.
  •   emergency access, given the very limited road infrastructure in the area.
  •   opposition to a campus for 3,000 construction workers adjacent to a tiny hamlet. In Hinkley, 500 workers will live on the site, the remaining 1,000 on brownfield sites in Bridgwater, (population 41,000).
  •  Noise, light and air pollution
  •  Impact on sensitive wildlife and habitats as well as the wider Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

“Whilst EDF is using the same language in Suffolk as in Somerset – a desire to ‘be a good neighbour’ – there is no sign so far that we will be able to achieve any shift in EDF’s plans for Sizewell,” said Jon Swallow of TEAGS. “Our small rural communities will bear the brunt of the construction phase but trampling our villages is clearly seen as the easiest option, with little hope of meaningful mitigation.”

EDF will not say whether its plans have changed since Stage 1 consultations, but there is no indication that they have done so and residents have been told they must wait for Stage 2 documents for more information. Meanwhile TEAGS representatives have met Ministers in both the then Department of Energy and Climate Change and Department of Transport, and County and District Councillors. It has carried out extensive mapping of the number households that would be affected by EDF’s use of the B1122 for construction and emergency traffic [3] and made a strong case for an alternative Sizewell relief road from the A12 to the Sizewell C site. TEAGS will be increasing pressure on the county and district councils to ensure that the group’s concerns about the decade-long construction phase have been loudly and formally registered.

Notes:

  1. The UK Government’s conditions, as described by the BBC are:

– After Hinkley, the government will take a special share in all new nuclear plants.

– Full implications of foreign ownership of power stations will be scrutinised for the purposes of national security.

– The government will ensure foreign direct investment works in the country’s best interests.

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/business-37320034

  1. http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/traffic_analysis_raises_serious_concerns_over_sizewell_c_1_4618024
  2. www.teags.org

Traffic analysis raises ‘serious concerns’ over Sizewell C

Traffic analysis raises ‘serious concerns’ over Sizewell C

17 July 2016, by Richard Cornwell

Sizewell C

A new report has raised “serious concerns” about the impact of construction traffic for Sizewell C on rural ares of east Suffolk

The report, commissioned by Suffolk County Council and produced by research agency Accent, shows traffic is the number one concern for the community, with residents requesting EDF Energy find a way of delivering its materials to the site in a way that minimises the amount of vehicles on the surrounding road network, in particular the B1122.

Both the county council and Suffolk Coastal District Council support the Sizewell C development in principle, but say to make it a success it is essential the impacts are mitigated.

The report, which investigated the extent, scale and type of traffic concerns residents have about current proposals for Sizewell C, was presented to the community at a meeting in Theberton..

County councillor with special responsibility for working with outside bodies, Guy McGregor, said: “I do continue to support the Sizewell C proposal on the basis that this is a much needed facility for the UK as a whole and that EDF Energy can provide a lasting legacy for the economy and the local communities.

“There are, however, significant obstacles that need to be overcome, none more challenging than the management of traffic.

“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.”

The report said residents, who were interviewed during its preparation to gain a full and clear picture of the perceived traffic issues surrounding the construction, felt EDF had not yet provided any satisfactory mitigation proposals to counter the traffic problem.

Additional concerns raised included the belief that volumes of traffic associated with the construction of Sizewell B were significantly underestimated by EDF – and transport projections for Sizewell C must be more realistic and the effects of such increases properly assessed.

EDF Energy has been carrying out extensive traffic survey work in preparation for releasing more details of its mitigation plans at the stage two consultation expected later this year.

Ipswich Star, 25 January 2016

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/enormous_power_station_loads_highlight_need_for_sizewell_c_relief_road_1_4391511

Enormous power station loads highlight need for Sizewell C relief road

Ipswich Star, 25 January 2016 by Richard Cornwell

Campaigners say traffic chaos caused by the movement of heavy loads to Sizewell B is a “terrifying indication” of what life will be like if another nuclear power station is built.

An electrical transformer being moved along the B1122 through villages to Sizewell B next to a TEAGS poster campaigning for a relief road – residents said the traffic chaos caused is a “terrifying indication” of what the road will be like if Sizewell C is ever built.

Last week three enormous pieces of electrical equipment were transported by road from Lowestoft docks to Sizewell – the slow-moving convoys caused disruption over three days on the B1122 as it made its way through small villages.

The three electrical transformers will replace existing equipment at the power station during refuelling and maintenance work taking place in April.

Residents who have been campaigning vigorously to prevent the B1122 – which runs from the A12 to Leiston – being used as route for Sizewell C construction traffic were horrified at the disruption caused.

Jon Swallow, chairman of TEAGS (Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell), said: “The movements of heavy electrical equipment for Sizewell B on the B1122 last week gave this rural community a terrifying indication of what is in store when Sizewell C is given the go-ahead.

“We face up to 600 lorries a day for perhaps a decade, unbelievably on a winding country B road.

“TEAGS, which is neither for nor against nuclear power, seeks to protect our communities from the impact of some of EDF’s construction proposals as they stand at the moment.

“Without a Sizewell relief road, the noise, air pollution, vibration and traffic chaos would be intolerable for all living along or close to the B1122, and threaten many listed buildings. The impact will also be felt by those in Middleton, Yoxford and Saxmundham.

“Let’s not forget that the B1122 is currently the only means of access for emergency vehicles, and evacuation of people.

“EDF and Suffolk County Council must pursue the case for a Sizewell relief road direct from the A12 to the Sizewell site to alleviate all these problems.

“A better solution must be found for this massive construction, which would be one of the biggest building projects in Europe.”

An EDF spokeswoman said the three separate trips and slowness of the vehicles was for safety reasons.

She said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Sizewell B wrote to the parish councils along the route in advance of the deliveries and worked with the police to minimise the disruption as much as possible.”

EDF Energy is continuing to develop its proposals for Sizewell C which will be subject to further public consultation. The company said it has carefully analysed responses to previous consultation, engaged with parishes and community groups, held regular discussions and workshops with councils, and carried out technical studies into the environment, engineering and construction, as well as transport assessments.