Dear Sir,

Readers of the article in last weeks journal “EDF urged to generate gains for wildlife and people” could almost be mistaken into believing that the the proposals for Sizewell C are a positive boon for the environment. Whatever people think about nuclear power, make no mistake that EDF intend to turn a huge area of outstanding natural beauty into one of the largest industrial construction sites in Europe. Covering the beautiful fragile habitat with 7 million tonnes of steel and concrete will not improve it. The AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and SSSI(Site of Special Scientific Interest) status are given to this habitat because it is precious, rare and divers, and it is insulting to suggest that the havoc and destruction that will be wrecked on this area will be in any way ecologically beneficial.

I note that the only picture ever printed of the proposed Sizewell C is the aerial view of the 3D model which is posed to minimise its visual impact on the landscape. Why don’t EDF release pictures of the model from different angles so that viewers can really see the size and scale of the two new reactors? I suspect it is because people would realise that the new build is absolutely huge and will dominate and devastate the Sizewell coast. Further to this, the picture of the model does not show the area that will be laid to waste during the 10 years of construction. Swathes of land in addition to that shown are due to be used as lorry parks, temporary accommodation for 3000 migrant workers, and for storing the millions of tonnes of materials. None of these spaces feature on the model.

The Environmental Stakeholders Alliance can urge, insist and demand that EDF pay attention to its ecological plan, but if EDF decides to ignore the advice from the alliance, it appears that the authorities are so desperate for EDF to build Sizewell C that they will accept anything EDF chooses to do. After all, it was not long ago that Suffolk County Councillor Guy McGregor stated that the lack of the four villages bypass on the A12 could be a “deal-breaker” which would lead to the authority formally objecting to proposed development of Sizewell C . Now it appears that because EDF does not think the bypass necessary, councillors are suggesting that it might not happen in one go, and if it does, a portion of it might have to be paid for by the Local Enterprise Partnership rather than by EDF.

Environmentalists and ecologists can urge all they like, but ultimately EDF can ignore these pleas.