Letter Suffolk Wildlife Trust: We have serious concerns over the effect upon wildlife of Sizewell C and, despite years of working closely with EDF, we are far from convinced that the electricity giant is taking the impacts seriously. We also believe that it will be impossible wholly to mitigate or compensate for much of the negative impact on wildlife. The current plans suggest that we will lose between 20 and 30 acres of nationally important land that is supposedly protected by its Site of Special Scientific Interest status. This equates to covering roughly 10 football pitches of rare fen habitat in concrete. Invariably there will be devastating habitat loss for birds such as kingfisher and for rare mammals such as water vole and otters. EDF has made little attempt to minimise these losses.
Letter Suffolk Preservation Society: The proposed nuclear power plant at Sizewell C will cause environmental damage on an unprecedented scale in a highly sensitive location, much of which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The construction phase will bring massive disruption to communities in East Suffolk over many years and will permanently change our landscapes. Suffolk’s environment is remarkably undeveloped and is characterised by a sense of remote wildness. The tranquillity provides a high quality of life for residents and is a major draw for tourists. However, this isolation is fragile and could easily be lost forever. The impact of a development such as Sizewell C upon heritage sites – including an abbey, churches, farmhouses and other vernacular buildings that contribute to the special qualities of Suffolk – will be considerable. The intrusion of new roads to cope with a massive increase in HGV traffic, spoil heaps, borrow pits, and accommodation for up to 3,000 workers will be felt across numerous locations. Development of the Sizewell site cannot be at unlimited cost to the quality and character of our county and its communities.
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