Letter Roy Pumfrey: I was intrigued to read a letter from the principal of my local college in the EADT. I’m pleased to enlighten readers to whom Bridgwater and Taunton College is unknown. From the sleepy FE college that it was when I came to live between Bridgwater and Hinkley Point some 40 years ago the college has gown beyond recognition. … The hand in glove relationship between EDF and the college should come as no surprise. The principal is too modest to mention that the National College for New Nuclear is also on a Bridgwater campus … its partnership with EDF has put huge amounts of French Government money into education locally when the British Treasury was gripped by austerity. Your college principals would do well to be looking over their shoulders at the threat from the west of an expansionist organisation so well in with the company hoping to buy its way in your good books. For make no mistake the gold rush economy that Sizewell C would promote is bit a bubble. The valuable skills that young people in East Anglia would acquire will only be a temporary requirement at Sizewell C. EDF will make great play of the thousands of jobs and boost to the local economy. But those thousand of jobs are only ever temporary and will become a few hundred if Sizewell C is ever built. I’m sure readers close to the areas traditional industries are familiar with the expression “a sprat to catch a mackerel” Parents should prepare for any and all of disappointment, unemployment and the departure of their children to jobs far away if they take EDF’s bait.
East Anglian Daily Times 13th May 2020 read more »