Community leaders from across east Suffolk came together on Tuesday (22 January) to discuss views, raise questions and offer initial observations on EDF Energy’s Sizewell C Stage 3 Pre-Application consultation with members of Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG).
Over 100 attendees, representing around 30 town and parish councils were represented at the busy event, attracting an energetic atmosphere with a constant buzz of discussion and examination. Many aspects of EDF Energy’s consultation proposals were raised during question and answer sessions and round table discussions.
The main message that came across loud and clear from the meeting was that EDF Energy has taken on the feedback given by local communities as part of their Stage 2 consultation and has provided much more detail at Stage 3 in regards to their mitigations and proposals. There are some aspects that still lack clarity, and this level of detail is needed to ensure local communities have all the information required to respond in a full and considered way to their proposals. Elements of mitigation where further information would be beneficial primarily focus transport and accommodation. There is also a clear sentiment that EDF Energy need to do more to try and make a marine-led strategy work as a preferred option.
Other key areas raised by the community during discussions were:
Suffolk Coastal District Councillor Geoff Holdcroft, Chairman of Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG) said:
“Discussions were extremely valuable in learning more about specific concerns and local impacts that our community leaders have in mind and the sorts of things they are getting asked about by their residents. The feedback we received has helped to reinforce the views we are already beginning to form and these will be presented by each local authority through meetings in March before the end of EDF Energy’s consultation. I would like to thank all those that took the time to attend.
“Whilst the construction and operation of this nuclear power station may well bring a massive boost to the economy of east Suffolk, we need to make sure we get it right for our local communities. I would encourage everyone to make sure they get actively involved in this consultation. Local people need to make sure they have their say, as this project will affect their lives for years to come.
“As a Joint Local Authority Group, we are working hard for Suffolk people to put forward local views on how the impact of a new power station must be mitigated should the development go ahead. both local authorities are doing his by submitting our views as part of this consultation period, however it is also very important that as many people as possible provide their views directly to EDF Energy. I urge all local communities to submit their comments ahead of the Friday 29 March 2019 deadline.”
Suffolk County Councillor Richard Smith, Vice Chair of Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG) said:
“I am extremely grateful for everybody’s participation at this event and welcome the views expressed on behalf of communities across east Suffolk. Both local authorities are very much in listening mode and we are committed to reflecting the local views we hear when it comes to the time for us to put our recommendations for feedback forward to our respective cabinet meetings in March, as part of EDF Energy’s consultation.
“In order to help us form our final view on this proposal, we are clear that we must see how the advantages of building a new power station like this at Sizewell outweigh the disadvantages. At present we are not convinced.
“I would ask everyone thinking of taking part in this consultation to not only consider their views in regards to what EDF Energy is consulting on in this document, but also to think about local impacts and mitigations that you believe EDF Energy should consider at this point. This may include alternative accommodation plans or the management of pylons.”
To view EDF Energy’s Stage 3 consultation materials visit: www.sizewell.edfenergyconsultation.info/