TASC's initial opinion of the EDF 3rd stage consultation is that it is ‘vague to the point of being misleading.’

Pete Wilkinson, the group’s chairman, said today, ‘This is the last chance before the Development Consent Order for people of east Suffolk to submit their views about how the proposed EDF development will affect their lives.

The glossy consultation brochure states baldly that, ‘An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process is on-going and is being used to identify any likely significant effects arising as a result of Sizewell C (emphasis added). This renders the document premature and deliberately vague to the point of being misleading.

How can people therefore judge whether they feel the impacts are acceptable or not when the developer itself does not know to what degree and in which areas the environment will be degraded? Consultees are being asked, in effect, how they want the deck chairs arranged on the Titanic. TASC believes we should not embark on the Titanic at all and we encourage all those who agree with us to write to EDF, Dr Coffey and Greg Clark, the government minister responsible for this unnecessary monstrosity on our precious coast, to tell them so.’

TASC’s opinion is that very little of significance has changed since the 2nd consultation. The “Road-Led” vs “Rail-Led” strategies appear to be no more than a red herring to distract from the overriding fact that Sizewell C will have a devastating and unacceptable impact on the Suffolk coastal community. This is a rural area lacking in the type of infrastructure needed to construct such a massive industrial complex. It is this lack of major roads and railway lines that has made this area a mecca for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and those that just enjoy the peace and tranquility of a beautiful landscape. There is no doubt that the monstrous folly of Sizewell C will put all this, and the vibrant and sustainable tourist industry that has developed around it, at risk.

Chris Wilson, the group’s press officer, added, ‘It is well known that TASC is totally opposed to this project. The more we know about it, the greater our opposition. The 3rd consultation document appears to lack any real detail as to the assessment of environmental impact of the numerous choices in the proposals, information that EDF will legally have to produce if they make a formal application for permission to build.

The lack of detail in the consultation document seems at odds to EDF’s stated desire to proceed with the project as soon as possible:- after all they have had years to carry out that work. We are extremely concerned about the East Suffolk environment and the impact on those that call this place home, neither of which appear to be of importance to EDF, despite their glossy brochures and fine words.

We will be studying all of the many facets of the proposals in the coming weeks and will be composing our response to EDF in due course. Replies to the consultation need to be submitted by 29th March and once our review is complete, we will be providing guidance to the public on our website on all the issues that we believe matter www.tasizewellc.org.uk.

At the same time TASC will continue with its ongoing work in challenging the government’s policy relating to nuclear power, in particular their national policy statement that nominates Sizewell as a potential site.’

For further information contact Chris Wilson, Press Officer, mobile number 07976 820524

or Pete Wilkinson, Chairperson, 07940 524 831

Having received all the documentation from EDF this morning 4th Jan,  TASC will be taking their time to consider and digest all aspects of the 3rd Consultation for the proposed two new nuclear reactors known as Sizewell C

It is well known that TASC are totally opposed to this project and the more we know about it, the greater our opposition. We are extremely concerned about the East Suffolk environment and the sustainability of the massive undertaking, and believe that Sizewell C will prove to be a monstrous folly. We will be studying all of the many facets of the proposals in the coming weeks and will be composing our response to EDF in due course.
 
To keep us on our toes, EDF have decided to run a consultation on Sizewell B alongside the consultation for C. From 4th January to 1st February 2019, EDF Energy is consulting on proposals to relocate some Sizewell B facilities. To participate in that consultation, please see www.rlfsizewellb.co.uk for more information.

EDF need to move some of the buildings at present on the Sizewell C site and are consulting on it for only 3 weeks.
All information is on the web site above. There will then be a Planning Application to the Local Authority. We will be objecting strongly to it as it means more building in the AONB and on a SSSI and felling historic Coronation Wood.
 

EDF have announced that the 3rd Consultation will begin on 4th January 2019. it will run for 3 months.

During which time everyone will have to collate, write up and send our responses to EDF and the Planning Inspector.

This is crucial work. And everyone should have their say.

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EDF will publish a glossy brochure to which members of the public ,Statutory Bodies and NGOs respond

EDF will then consider if any adjustments need to be made to their plans, In light of our responses before they write up their application for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

EDF put in their DCO to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) who will decide if they are prepared to accept it.

Assuming they do, PINs will then announce that they have a viable DCO application and ask for people to register their interest.

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We have little idea when this will happen, it could be late 2019 or into 2020.

EDF should have responded to all the pints we raised during the first 2 consultation stages.

Coastal Erosion

Destruction of AONB

Transport Plans,

Environmental Impact,

Car Parks Sewerage,

Water usage etc ad infinitum.

We must never forget that our main objective is NO SZC.

The Government is currently conducting a consultation on the future of National Parks and AONBs. People may wish to respond to point out that the AONB at Sizewell will not be enhanced by having a nuclear power station built upon it.

The consultation runs until 18th of December. The link is here:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/land-use/landscapes-review-call-for-evidence/

Consultation description

We want to know what you think works well and what could be improved in England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

We’re asking for evidence which will help inform our independent review.

We’re keen to hear from people with views that might shape and improve our findings. In particular, people who:

  • live in a national park or AONB
  • run a business in them
  • enjoy visiting
  • care about landscapes and biodiversity

The TASC AGM is to be held on Monday 19th November at 7.00 p.m at Leiston Community Centre.  Coffee and tea will be available. All are welcome who support our cause.