On May 31st members of TASC joined with other local groups concerned about the impact of Sizewell C in order to take part in a walk along the route that hundreds of lorries would use if Sizewell C were to go ahead. The B1122 is a lovely quiet county road entirely unsuited for the enormous increase in traffic that would come with turning the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty into the biggest construction site in Europe.

Members of Friends of the Earth (FoE), Shut Down Sizewell Campaign (SDSC), the B1122 Action Group, Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group (TEAG) and others came and joined the walk. Those taking part had a variety of reasons for doing so ranging from fears about the disruption that the increase in traffic would cause, to objections to the whole Sizewell C project.

A rectangle with the dimensions of an HGV was marked out with tape and people walked within it to illustrate the obstacle that lorries of this size are going to cause on the rural road. The walk began in Yoxford and ended on Sizewell beach, a distance of 9.5 km. There was a break for lunch at Theberton village hall, where an excellent meal of soup and sandwiches and home-made cake was provided by Joan Ggirling. Roy Dowding from the B1122 action group gave a short speech before walkers took up the lorry formation and continued on to Leiston community centre. Following a stop for refreshments the walkers carried on to Sizewell beach.

The way in which the walk was organised allowed people to join in and leave at different stages, with a mini bus on hand for those who needed respite. Approximately 50 people took part, and it provided a very pleasant opportunity for people to discuss and exchange views and information about Sizewell C, alongside highlighting local opposition to EdF's plans. the event was considered a success by organisers and participants alike. The majority of the organisation was done by a few TASC members, primarily Jill who, among other jobs, hired and drove the mini bus, planned the schedule ,and liaised with the police. Joan and Mike not only supplied the lovely food, but also helped with transport and booking the halls.

 

Thanks to Catherine for the photos