Building Sizewell C would be a nuclear-sized disaster. Not just the heritage coast, but quite possibly the entire county, could be changed for ever by the arrival of two new European pressurised reactors (EPRs). ‘Sizewell C, a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk, has the potential to generate the reliable low carbon electricity the country needs for decades to come’ is the claim made by EDF Energy, the French-owned company behind the project. It also has the potential to be a disastrous and expensive mistake. Many believe it already is.
Spectator 19th Dec 2020 read more »
Ipswich councillors have raised fresh concerns over the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station project on the Suffolk coast, citing train concerns and impacts on housing as key worries. EDF Energy launched another consultation last month after tweaking plans for the £20billion scheme, with Ipswich Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday agreeing its response. The committee raised three chief concerns – that freight movements by rail on the East Suffolk Line should have regard to noise and air quality disturbance; questions over the impact freight transport would have on the Ipswich Garden Suburb development being built at the north of the town; and fears that the extra freight by rail could reduce the number of passenger trains on the East Suffolk Line – a key commuter route and sustainable mode of transport. EDF agreed to transport more construction materials by rail and sea in a bid to take hundreds of lorries off the road during the construction, a move that would cut road haulage by 20%, according to the developers.
East Anglian Daily Times 18th Dec 2020 read more »
A new survey has been carried out into the attitudes of people in east Suffolk towards the building of a new nuclear power station on the coast. The survey was carried out by a company called ICM Unlimited on behalf of EDF, which is looking to build the Sizewell C station. ICM interviewed a representative sample of 500 adults in east Suffolk over the phone between November 5 and November 19. But opponents of the power station project dismissed the research as “meaningless”, saying a sample of 500 people – in an area with a population of 247,000 – was “hardly representative”. All those that took part in the survey live in the area with data having been weighted to the population profile of the East Suffolk Council adult population.
East Anglian Daily Times 17th Dec 2020 read more »