Today (7 September 2018) TASC met with Chief Executive Officer of EDFE Simone Rossi. It was a very open and productive meeting. We felt we were listened too very carefully, and many of our concerns were taken on board.

TASC asked questions about the UK Governments Policies on Energy,

It is all too obvious that much work is needed to convince the Government of this Country that we need Energy Policies which are fit for purpose, which are sustainable and take us into the next century. We should not be creating more nuclear waste when we do not know what to do with what we have already created. Using means to generate electricity which do not devastate many acres of our countryside and our way of life. 

It was clear that this lack of Policy including on shore wind is also a concern for EDFE

Incidentally TASC has pointed out to Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Dept and Greg Clark Secretary of State, that the Suite of Energy Policies EN  1 to 6 are not fit for purpose are out dated and have not taken on board the considerable fast moving renewable energy sector, and are holding back innovative businesses by not giving them the right incentives to  be able to move forward. We will be saying this to BEIS officers when we meet them in the next few weeks.

We did not major on the immediate local issues such as roads, accommodation blocks etc , we are aware that studies are being undertaken by EDFE  and what ever EDFE are considering  it will not  be revealed until the  Stage 3 Consultation.

If SZC gets its Development Consent Order at some point in the future  this area will be totally disrupted. No matter how hard EDFE try or how much we protest or what mitigation is implemented There will be major changes to the area and at Sizewell itself the sky line will be unrecognisable as will the view from RSPB Minsmere. Leiston and the surrounding area as far afield as 20 miles will feel the absolute impact.

Which is why TASC says NO SZC

We asked questions about the protection of SZB/C from the North Sea which will be exacerbated by sea level rise.

Large scale engineering works however  achieved would change the ambience of Sizewell Benthills and  would without doubt cause further problems north and south of the  power stations .

We stressed the sensitivity of Thorpeness where the cliffs are already being eroded away at an alarming rate.

This was acknowledged and it seemed almost as much a problem for them. No doubt an engineering solution could be found to protect their sites but not without destroying the Beach, Dunes and Heritage Coast Walk and whole swathes of the coastal strip. We also gave Mr Rossi a map of Flood Zone 3 which covers the whole of the north west and south sides of the Magnox A and EDFE B/ C  

There is only one answer to many of the problems as we have said before. No SZC  

 

However we felt we had a good hearing with no punches pulled.