As councils lose patience with EDF, will Suffolk businesses follow suit? Today East Suffolk lies at a crossroads – the future of the east of the county now seems certain to rest in the hands of London-based civil servants and ministers – and to be honest I don’t know which way they will jump when push comes to shove. The deadline has now passed for councils, businesses, and residents to have their say on whether a two new nuclear reactors should be built on the Suffolk coast at Eastbridge, north of the existing stations at Sizewell. Logic says they should be turned down. They would be uneconomic (EDF has had the devil’s own job in putting together a business case and there is still the question over whether Chinese money would be needed – even though we don’t want them in our mobile phone network), the plans proposed would destroy a lot of countryside, and there is now no need for such a damaging blot on the landscape. But I do worry that there are some in government who do not understand the value of this area to the country as a whole who will be prepared to look on Sizewell C as a shiny investment to try to kick-start the UK economy after the pandemic and in a world no longer governed by EU rules, will pour in government subsidies to make up for the loss of Chinese money.
East Anglian Daily Times 8th Oct 2020 read more »
Campaigners against a new nuclear power station say they are “resolute” after their bid to protect woodland was thrown out by the High Court. EDF Energy, which wants to build two new reactors next to Sizewell B in Suffolk, was given approval in 2019 to fell Coronation Wood on the site. Together Against Sizewell C (Tasc) sought a judicial review, claiming that decision was unlawful.
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