I also learned there are to be two 1000 place car parks, landscaped and semi permanent for the duration. One at Darsham and one near Marlesford, both next to the A12. Workers cars will arrive, some presumably before 5am, after having from up to a 90 minute commute. It is said, the occupants will then 'bus' to site! Some 350 to 400 trips per day. The car parks will open at 5 am and continue until 1am the following morning, 24/7, presumably for the 10 year plus contract. How much carbon this exercise will generate I dread to think.
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EdF has announced that a further ‘consultation’ will take place, commencing later this month, into its plans to saddle this county with a massive white elephant in the shape of Sizewell C (and D, as there are plans for two reactors at the site). While the holding of ‘consultations’ allows the industry to tick a box or two, it does nothing to address the fact that at no point since Blair announced in 2005 that ‘nuclear power is back on the agenda with a vengeance’, have the people of Suffolk had an opportunity to hear all the facts about and, more importantly, to express their view as to the need and desirability or otherwise of Sizewell C. The upcoming ‘consultation’ denies them that opportunity again. Where is the forum for people to say ‘no thanks’ to the entire project rather than to express a view as to how they would like the deckchairs arranged on the deck of a sinking ship and have their views listened to? There isn’t one and there never has been one. Therefore the stage two consultation is illegitimate as it still does not offer the opportunity for both sides of the debate to be made available to the public in a clearly presented document nor to register a view for or against Sizewell C but assumes that it is an inevitability, a foregone conclusion, slavishly supported by our local, regional and national representatives as well as the local wildlife NGOs, to their shame.
All of these agencies are in thrall to the nuclear industry and are chronically ill-informed of the consequences of allowing SZC to go ahead.They refuse to speak out against it and appear to be prepared to sacrifice the area for short-term jobs, patronage and ‘regeneration’. Their view, as summed up by the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, is let’s have jobs and growth today and not worry about the waste with nowhere to go and which will remain deadly for centuries, the health consequences which are still being debated in terms of leukaemia in children, the environmental disruption, the infringement on the area of outstanding natural beauty, the inadequacy of the emergency evacuation plan in the event of an accident or terrorist attack and nor the fact that the plant’s electricity is likely to be surplus to requirements by the time it is built. The Sizewell C enterprise is costly, environmentally disastrous, unsafe and leaves Suffolk residents more vulnerable to terrorism.
If the people of Suffolk want to see the character of their county changed forever by new road schemes, park-and-rides, compulsory purchases, massive increases in heavy goods traffic, new pylons which will whisk the electricity down to London while we bear the risks, with lethally hot and radioactive waste stored on an eroding coast for centuries, then they should tick the box and await the mayhem which will arrive with the thousands of workers from outside the area.If they value their county and the tranquillity of a rural environment as it has remained for so long, then they will tell the government and nuclear industry to get lost.
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EDF Energy has announced that the next stage of the formal consultation on the proposals for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell will run from 23 November 2016 to 3 February 2017. The TASC secretary, Joan Girling was asked by the East Anglian Daily Times to give a statement about the announcement..
Statement from TASC to EADT 8-11-2016
We are pleased that, after waiting four years almost to the day, we are at last going to see the results of the work that EdF have undertaken in response to all the issues that were indentified in the 1st consultation. However it is very unfortunate that EdF consider it perfectly acceptable to put this to the Local Authorities and to local groups and individuals over the Christmas period. Just as they did four years ago.
Nevertheless TASC are ready for whatever the 2nd Consultation contains.
The many areas of concern which were flagged up at the woefully inadequate 1st stage consultation must be seen to be addressed by EdF.
We will be looking for an in depth assessment of the amount of land which is to be part of the development of SZC, ground plans of the footprint of the proposed buildings for two EPRs and the ancillary buildings which accompany this massive construction, all in a totally inappropriate site. The consultation should include the areas in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be used for all construction work, storage, concrete batching plant etc , and the Marine Off Loading Facility (MOLF) on our Heritage Coast. We will also look for the Environmental Impact that will occur and which should be documented in the consultation.
TASC feels it is a retrograde step for Central Government to take us down the new nuclear route. Their National Policy Statements on Energy are outdated and outmoded. The documents state that “we need new nuclear in the mix for electricity production”. TASC contests it can be proven that we do not need new nuclear, this is proven by the Governments own figures.
Many new exciting technologies are already in use and even more are coming on stream, why are Government apparently blind to a new way of thinking? Why would a government agree to using old, unproven, dangerous, waste producing, nuclear technology, when more forward looking governments are forging ahead with renewable electricity production that is non polluting and will be available long before SZC is generating electricity.
TASC asks the government to progress an Energy Road map which phases out nuclear power. One which does not add to our existing huge stockpile of radioactive waste, one which uses renewable technology. Great Britian should be leading the way we have the innovation and expertise. But other countries are showing us how it can be achieved. A very sorry state of affairs.
Joan Girling on behalf of TASC
SZC Not for Me
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