Broadcaster and former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull explains why he thinks Sizewell C would be so damaging to a special part of Suffolk. You can’t escape the shadow of nuclear power on the Suffolk coastline. On the beach at Sizewell, it’s right in your face. But since we moved here four years ago, I’ve become rather fond of the brutalist architecture of the now decommissioned Sizewell A, built in the 1960s, and particularly its successor ‘B’ with the distinctive ‘golf ball’ dome. I know it helps to keep the lights on, and it’s employed thousands of local people over the past 30 years. It does a good job. So far, so good. But what if we were to take those two power stations, and double them in size? That’s the plan. The French power company EDF wants to build not one, but two new nuclear reactors right next door, filling the gap between the current buildings and one of our country’s most precious natural habitats – the RSPB nature reserve at Minsmere. That’s right, Minsmere. A national treasure, made famous by the BBC Springwatch programme, home at various times to more than 300 different species of bird. Marsh harriers patrol the skies there. Nightingales, Avocets, Stone Curlews and Dartford Warblers are among the rare breeds who’ve returned to the area, thanks to diligent environmental management. Red deer, otters, rare bats and natterjack toads can also be found among the thousands of plant and animal species.
East Anglian Daily Times 14th March 2020 read more »