Union bosses have put their weight behind plans for a new nuclear power station in Suffolk. Sizewell C would create 25,000 jobs and provide a post-pandemic boost for the economy, said Unite. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has written to business secretary Alok Sharma to argue for the project, spearheaded by French energy giant EDF. The union is supporting the company’s bid for a development consent order (DCO) from the Planning Inspectorate.
Ipswich Star 28th May 2020 read more »
Two wildlife charities have united in their opposition to plans for the Sizewell C nuclear power station – and will tell national planning chiefs it must not go ahead. The RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) say they have not seen evidence that the £14billion project can be built without detrimentally impacting internationally and nationally important landscapes, habitats, animals and plants on the Suffolk coast. Ben McFarland, SWT’s conservation manager, said: “Current plans suggest the direct loss of nationally important and protected land on Sizewell Belts, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). An area between 10-12 hectares – or roughly ten football pitches – will be covered in concrete. The loss of this nationally rare fen habitat would be devastating and irreplaceable.” On neighbouring land at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, the build will bring the Sizewell Estate adjacent to the internationally famous wildlife haven. It is feared the building work may increase erosion, upsetting the delicate balance of the reserve. It could affect the water levels in Minsmere’s ditches, impacting its rare wetland wildlife, which includes bitterns, water voles, otters and ducks.
East Anglian Daily Times 28th May 2020 read more »