I visited the Theberton TEAGS ( Theberton Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell)  meeting last Saturday morning along with many others from outside Theberton.The meeting was to discuss the importance, in their view, of a new D2 road from the A12 to run across farmland directly to the Sizewell Nuclear site. The road, it is estimated, would cost £52 mill and would relieve traffic having to use current roads, one of which is the B1122 through Theberton. County Councillor Richard Smith addressed the meeting and read the whole of his letter to the EADT (12th Dec) supporting the new D2 road.  EDF have made it abundantly clear they will not pay for this road.
What so many at the meeting seemed to totally overlook was ''THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM''. The proposal to build two new Nuclear Power Stations, C&D, next to the operating Sizewell B and the shut down A station. 
(Incidentally it is necessary to leave this Magnox reactor for the next 70years, plus 20 years to complete its removal, I'm informed.) In addition to this, nuclear waste is now required to be stored at Sizewell and from all reactors at their respective sites. A second Sellafield here in Suffolk. The chosen site, it has been pointed out, will not now be large enough as it is a requirement to construct large stores on site for the nuclear waste! 
This is in addition to the site being slap bang over an AONB (Area Outstanding Natural Beauty), a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), a SPA (Special Protection Area) and an internationally designated RAMSAR site. This is also part of our delicate heritage coast for which the Tourism and the recreational industries boast, and constantly, rightly remind us in the EADT. The industry is worth a minimum of £250mill a year to the area.
It is now apparent there will also have to be excavated borrow pits, (30metres 100ft deep) but better known as quarries, all for the concrete construction materials. They will also excavate 'peat' to over 20 metres (80ft) deep and this will release vast amounts of carbon dioxide. Where Nuclear is involved the ''Low carbon'' claim is but a deliberate deception! No Nuclear power station has ever been fully remediated and leaves always a never ending legacy of cost and subsidy which we tax payers have to pay. I have long thought we, as a small country, are driven by military requirements for enriched plutonium and not simply electricity. ''The lights going out'' is a scare tactic for the Nuclear Industry.  EDF were even sending their electricity across to France recently. Why not? It's cheaper for them as the rate of exchange between the £ & Euro is in their favour and our demand for electricity has gone down by16%. It is also a fact that EDF took from Britain in 2015 a profit for France of  £750mill. Another reason it all costs us so much. They do very nicely for their country and we pay.
No wonder EDF are reassuring all of the inhabitants of Leiston that everything will be just fine, (EADT headline, Monday Jan 9th). For them to say otherwise would be inconceivable. It will be as difficult to control behaviour in Leiston, as it was the last time with ''B''. In your article Councillor Colin Ginger said how bad it was, but doesn't seem able to say it will all be very difficult again for Leiston, being just a short walk from the campus and the building site. Last time the saying was, and as was said at the Theberton meeting, the construction workers could always find ''A beer, a woman and a fight''. Young men haven't changed that much.
It is now accepted that12 years minimum and £20billion plus should be allowed for the contract. That equals 20% of the expected operational period of 60 years, excluding £60mill outages. These are currently every 18months at "B" and, presumably, for each reactor vessel.? Therefore x 2 with imported French and American technical specialist staff ? for the minimum 6 weeks duration. We must always remember we are buying the electricity from EDF, a French company, and they can call the tune as to who does the work. Local Jobs? I have already noticed while driving close by to the park and ride site at Hacheston/ Wickham Mkt. that EDF
have chosen to investigate the archaeology, using a Cotswold company (as indicated on their vehicles) when the County Council surely has staff able to undertake this 'local' task.

Local Jobs? I wonder!

 

Bob Hoggar