An edited version of the following letter was published in the Telegraph on 3/9/14

Dear Editor,

Now that the proposal to build an airport in the Thames Estuary has been dropped, well almost dropped, why not build a 5 GWe nuclear power station there? London needs electricity and it would make much more sense to generate it there than a 100 miles away on the Suffolk coast. It would give a more secure supply and virtually eliminate transmission losses. No safety worries, EDF  and the ONR are planning to reduce the emergency zone round Sizewell B to a couple of hundred yards and not have any building restrictions in the area beyond. So if its safe there it would be safe for London

Yours sincerely

Barrie Skelcher,



A letter to the Journal in response to A Pro Sizewell C letter by Mr Bob Howitt: 26/03/14

Bob Howitt suggests that children visiting Sizewell might wonder about the energy it may provide during their lifetime. (Journal, March 14th). I think they may ponder on the waste it will provide for the lifetime of their children, grandchildren and for generations to come . Mr Howitt thinks that nuclear power sites clean up rather nicely (Fukushima? Chernobyl?) - How would he know, given that no UK nuclear power station has ever been successfully decommissioned. Sizewell A was supposed to be returned to a greenfield site within 25-30 years of it ceasing to operate, but In 2009 decommissioning was delayed by 75 years 1 because of problems dealing with the waste at the reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Cumbria .

Published in the East Anglian Daily Times on 22/5/14

The consultation as extolled by Tom McGarry is just a smokescreen to divert attention from the real situation. We have a Government which extols "localism" and the need for local people to be involved in decision making. Yet that is the one thing they are avoiding when it comes to the question of whether Sizewell is a suitable place to bribe EDF to build and operate two more nuclear power stations, each a smidgen larger than the present Sizewell B. The Government, the local MP, and, with the exception of the EADT, the media, appear to be doing their best to avoid any such discussion. Logically, before spending vast amounts of time and money on matters such as access roads, accommodation for workers, etc., consultation should take place on whether the project should go ahead. There has been no such consultation because the Government is afraid of the outcome. Sizewell is not a suitable place for such a development. However this will not become apparent for several decades by which time the politicians now initiating the development will be retired or be beyond reproach. For them it is a face saving way out of the present predicament that the three political parties have created.

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.

Sizewell C & D: A done deal?

The proposed siting of Sizewell C & D – let’s not forget that two nuclear reactors are planned – seems to achieved its first objective in that it has cowed too many of the local population into believing that it’s either necessary or inevitable. Neither is fact.

One thing that is true is that this Is nothing less than a monstrous invasion of large-scale industrialisation into this area. An area, lest we forget, that is of sensitive scientific interest and outstanding natural beauty.

The effect will ripple out from Sizewell Beach bringing massive disruption in terms of traffic, light pollution, population surge and general environmental degradation.