More than 100 rural Suffolk businesses have written to the Government to oppose the building of a twin reactor nuclear power station. The letter, which was addressed to Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma amongst others, raised concerns about the site. It has attracted signatures from almost 150 individual businesses, farms and landowners in the area. In the letter they describe the nuclear power station as a “threat” which had been hanging over their heads for at least eight years. “This would be tolerable if the Sizewell C project was for the ‘greater good’,” read the letter. “But we have concluded that it is not necessary to meet the UK’s commitment to net zero, and would be a slow, risky and expensive waste of taxpayers’ money that removes opportunities to make use of alternative, green, deliverable and cost-effective energy solutions. “Meanwhile, many of our plans are on hold at a time when farming faces the biggest changes to the policy framework governing our industry in over 50 years.” The letter also raised concerns about the impact on farm production which owners say could “render productive land commercially and logistically unviable”.
East Anglian Daily Times 26th Sept 2020 read more »
Two hotspots aimed at protecting wildlife and biodiversity are set to be created in Suffolk by EDF as part of plans to offset the potential impact of Sizewell C. The energy firm has revealed plans to introduce the fen meadows in Halesworth and Benhall to offset the impact the proposed £20billion nuclear power station would have on the environment. EDF has said the wildlife hotspots it is creating to compensate for Sizewell C will represent a “net gain” for biodiversity in the area. If Sizewell C is built, around 0.7 hectares of fen meadow habitat in the Sizewell Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest would be permanently lost, EDF said. The plans have attracted a catalogue concerns over the impact a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast would have on the environment, tourism and residents’ amenity.
East Anglian Daily Times 25th Sept 2020 read more »