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1. Sizewell C proposals - overall

 

This is a totally inappropriate project . The site is far too small for the proposed build and the land take has increased since it was first made public. Even more land take is proposed, under compulsory order if necessary, and the inevitable destruction of valuable internationally recognised wildlife sites is unacceptable.

Concrete will cover an area twice the size of Leiston, most of which is an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and on the Heritage Coast.

To encroach so closely to the small villages of Theberton and Eastbridge and to RSPB Minsmere should not even be contemplated.

Peoples lives will be hell and tourism will be curtailed because traffic will increase so much that visitors will not want to come to what will be an industrialised environment.

This is also a very vulnerable coast, as was seen with the threat of extensive flooding on Friday 13th January. I could not believe it when I asked about flood risk to the site at one of the Consultation exhibitions I was told that it was “ok” because “ it would become a peninsular”. Well I don’t think this is a very good response and if this is EDF’s attitude then this is very worrying. In fact if the site needs so much protection from flooding in the way of rocks and concrete it proves it is the wrong site for such a dangerous power station. We have to live with ’B’ but we should not be building any more here.

 

 

2. Environment

 

No attempts at mitigating the loss of such a wonderful wildlife rich area will justify the destruction of this unique site. It is an extremely sensitive area. Part of the proposed ’platform’ covers the north eastern part of the SSSI, an area rich in rare fauna and flora which will be destroyed and lost forever. Aldhurst Farm is not, as shown in Fig 7.8, a SSSI habitat and probably never will be.

The site is adjacent to Minsmere, of national and international fame and a RAMSAR site, close to Walberswick SPA (Special Protection Area) of European importance. The shoreline itself in front of the site is vegetated shingle, a CWS (County Wildlife Site) with rare and uncommon plants and nesting terns and offshore is the Outer Thames Area Special Protection Area. This whole part of Suffolk is full of protected areas which makes it a totally unsuitable place for such a massive and destructive building project.

Mitigation will not be acceptable as ancient sites holding rare flora and fauna cannot be replicated. Once it is gone, it is gone forever.

 

3. Site Access Road

 

The proposed road will cut right through the AONB form east to west creating a barrier for wildlife. Animals can move freely over the whole area at the moment and the road will cut through their habitats causing them to be displaced or prevented from foraging or even killed. Many animals such as otters, deer and badgers roam over a wide range and they will be affected by 12 years + of noise, light, ground disturbance and pollution along with the enormous number of humans and machines. A large number of trees are proposed to be felled resulting in yet more loss of habitat.

As for the causeway over the remaining part of the SSSI which is left after the platform has been built, this is not a question that ordinary members of the public should be asked - we are not all engineers. As I disagree with the canalising of the river and the destruction of very rare wet woodland, which is a Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitat, I have to disagree with the whole concept.

 

4. Managing construction materials.

 

How can you even consider digging huge quarries, or “borrow pits” as you like to call them, right next to the villages of Theberton and Eastbridge? The noise, dust and pollution will be unbearable. They would also be close to Minsmere, Walberswick Heaths and Marshes Special Protection Area and Ash Wood causing enormous disturbance to wildlife.

 

5. Accommodation

 

The huge influx of, mostly young male, workers into this small rural area of Suffolk will present huge difficulties to the local communities. It is proposed that the majority of them will live in the accommodation blocks next to Theberton and Eastbridge. Although we have been told that all of their needs will be satisfied on the site I cannot believe that, in their free time, they will not choose to roam around Leiston, or further afield in their cars, looking for excitement and female company.

When Sizewell B was being constructed Leiston became like a Wild West town with drugs, booze and prostitutes. There were even mini brothels being run in nearby villages, I am informed. I cannot believe that EDF will be able to stop this happening again despite their promises.

The area chosen for the accommodation blocks is unsuitable. Whichever option you look at the road to Eastbridge will be incorporated into the campus. This road is one of the main routes to Minsmere and, if it is closed, visitors from the south will be forced to travel through tiny back lanes to get there or take a long detour through the village of Westleton.

Three, four or five storey blocks on this site would be totally out of scale and inappropriate in what would normally be a very tranquil place. The number of cars to be parked on the site reiterates my point that the workforce will not stay on site all the time but will use their cars to travel for entertainment.

 

7. Transport : overall

 

There is no mention in the document of which ports are likely to be used so we have no idea of where most road traffic will come from.

The jetty has not been shown in elevation so we have no idea how high it will be or what it will look like.

The proposed “green” rail route cuts right through the AONB and farmland and ecologically sensitive areas, as does the proposed “access road” from the B1122. These are both too close to Leiston Abbey and the Pro Corda Music School.

The increase in road traffic across a wide area of the county will be enormous on an already inadequate road system. Alongside tourist traffic there are already HGV’s crossing the county from Felixstowe, white vans and commercial vehicles as well as local people travelling to work by car. The addition of extra vehicles wending their way to the Park and Ride facilities via minor roads and country lanes will cause horrendous problems not only to the people living alongside these routes but those trying to go about their daily business - taking children to school or going shopping. Many hold-ups and traffic jams will occur.

We also have to think about the events held in this part of the county. Snape Maltings already attracts thousands of visitors each year and that is due to be expanded. The annual music and arts festival “Latitude” near Southwold is planning to grow in size and that already attracts thousands of visitors.

These are two venues that are an established part of this county’s culture and this huge industrial project will ruin peoples enjoyment because travelling to them will be a nightmare. Visitors who now holiday in the area for its peace and beauty will find quieter places to go, thus ruining a vibrant tourist industry.

 

9 Transport : Sea

 

The proposed jetty to receive heavy materials by sea has not been shown in enough detail for ordinary people to form an opinion.

How do we know what effects this will have on the sea bed during its construction, its use and if and when it is dismantled. What size ships would be using it? Not enough information.

 

10 Transport : Park and Ride

 

The actual Park and Ride facilities are gobbling up even more farmland. They will be operating 24/7 and the noise, fumes and light pollution will be horrendous for those living nearby, especially at Darsham. With so many trips planned for buses to and from the construction site day and night the area will become unbearable. Properties are already blighted and unsaleable around these sites. People should not be made to suffer this. No amount of compensation will make it alright.

 

11 & 12 Transport : Road Improvements

 

All the bypasses suggested at Farnham are ecologically damaging, except Option 2 which would not satisfy the residents on the bend and includes knocking down a Grade 2 building.

At Yoxford you admit that traffic will increase by 722% during the peak construction period. This is unacceptable.

Theberton can expect and increase of 542% during this period. This is also unacceptable.

It beggars belief that you would expect anybody using these roads or living on them or near them to accept these increases and shows utter

disregard for the people of Suffolk. 

 

Cycling : You suggest that your workers might prefer to cycle to the Park and Ride facilities or to the construction site. Well, unless the routes are completely off road, good luck to them. They will be taking their lives in their hands along with visitors and locals who cycle. With the increase in traffic cycling will be out of the question.

 

13 People and Economy

 

Tourism is an enormous part of this regions economy. If this project is allowed to go ahead tourism will be killed off. People come here for the peace and tranquillity of the countryside and the wildlife that this attracts. The effect of the industrialisation of a huge area of internationally recognised natural countryside that has been fought for over decades will be enormously detrimental. Visitors will simply go elsewhere.

The jobs promised are not all high paid long term jobs. Many skilled workers may be transferred from France when the project there is eventually finished. Local companies looking to recruit staff will not be able to compete with the higher wages offered by EDF and workers will leave to work there with consequences for local businesses.

 

14 Consultation process

 

I was very disappointed that the consultation period included the pre

Christmas period when most peoples attention was on other things. I understand that this was also the case for the first consultation and I feel this is insulting to the general public.

The consultation documents are poor. Much information is left out and there is not a lot more in them than in the first consultation. The maps are very poor and far too small to give proper detail. The keys to the maps in the summary document are illegible.

 

 

Audrey West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Response to EDF Stage 2 Consultation for Sizewell C

 

 

1. Sizewell C proposals - overall

 

This is a totally inappropriate project . The site is far too small for the proposed build and the land take has increased since it was first made public. Even more land take is proposed, under compulsory order if necessary, and the inevitable destruction of valuable internationally recognised wildlife sites is unacceptable.

Concrete will cover an area twice the size of Leiston, most of which is an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and on the Heritage Coast.

To encroach so closely to the small villages of Theberton and Eastbridge and to RSPB Minsmere should not even be contemplated.

Peoples lives will be hell and tourism will be curtailed because traffic will increase so much that visitors will not want to come to what will be an industrialised environment.

This is also a very vulnerable coast, as was seen with the threat of extensive flooding on Friday 13th January. I could not believe it when I asked about flood risk to the site at one of the Consultation exhibitions I was told that it was “ok” because “ it would become a peninsular”. Well I don’t think this is a very good response and if this is EDF’s attitude then this is very worrying. In fact if the site needs so much protection from flooding in the way of rocks and concrete it proves it is the wrong site for such a dangerous power station. We have to live with ’B’ but we should not be building any more here.

 

2. Environment

 

No attempts at mitigating the loss of such a wonderful wildlife rich area will justify the destruction of this unique site. It is an extremely sensitive area. Part of the proposed ’platform’ covers the north eastern part of the SSSI, an area rich in rare fauna and flora which will be destroyed and lost forever. Aldhurst Farm is not, as shown in Fig 7.8, a SSSI habitat and probably never will be.

The site is adjacent to Minsmere, of national and international fame and a RAMSAR site, close to Walberswick SPA (Special Protection Area) of European importance. The shoreline itself in front of the site is vegetated shingle, a CWS (County Wildlife Site) with rare and uncommon plants

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and nesting terns and offshore is the Outer Thames Area Special Protection Area. This whole part of Suffolk is full of protected areas which makes it a totally unsuitable place for such a massive and destructive building project.

Mitigation will not be acceptable as ancient sites holding rare flora and fauna cannot be replicated. Once it is gone, it is gone forever.

 

3. Site Access Road

 

The proposed road will cut right through the AONB form east to west creating a barrier for wildlife. Animals can move freely over the whole area at the moment and the road will cut through their habitats causing them to be displaced or prevented from foraging or even killed. Many animals such as otters, deer and badgers roam over a wide range and they will be affected by 12 years + of noise, light, ground disturbance and pollution along with the enormous number of humans and machines. A large number of trees are proposed to be felled resulting in yet more loss of habitat.

As for the causeway over the remaining part of the SSSI which is left after the platform has been built, this is not a question that ordinary members of the public should be asked - we are not all engineers. As I disagree with the canalising of the river and the destruction of very rare wet woodland, which is a Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Habitat, I have to disagree with the whole concept.

 

4. Managing construction materials.

 

How can you even consider digging huge quarries, or “borrow pits” as you like to call them, right next to the villages of Theberton and Eastbridge? The noise, dust and pollution will be unbearable. They would also be close to Minsmere, Walberswick Heaths and Marshes Special Protection Area and Ash Wood causing enormous disturbance to wildlife.

 

5. Accommodation

 

The huge influx of, mostly young male, workers into this small rural area of Suffolk will present huge difficulties to the local communities. It is proposed that the majority of them will live in the accommodation blocks next to Theberton and Eastbridge. Although we have been told that all of

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their needs will be satisfied on the site I cannot believe that, in their free time, they will not choose to roam around Leiston, or further afield in their cars, looking for excitement and female company.

When Sizewell B was being constructed Leiston became like a Wild West town with drugs, booze and prostitutes. There were even mini brothels being run in nearby villages, I am informed. I cannot believe that EDF will be able to stop this happening again despite their promises.

The area chosen for the accommodation blocks is unsuitable. Whichever option you look at the road to Eastbridge will be incorporated into the campus. This road is one of the main routes to Minsmere and, if it is closed, visitors from the south will be forced to travel through tiny back lanes to get there or take a long detour through the village of Westleton.

Three, four or five storey blocks on this site would be totally out of scale and inappropriate in what would normally be a very tranquil place. The number of cars to be parked on the site reiterates my point that the workforce will not stay on site all the time but will use their cars to travel for entertainment.

 

7. Transport : overall

 

There is no mention in the document of which ports are likely to be used so we have no idea of where most road traffic will come from.

The jetty has not been shown in elevation so we have no idea how high it will be or what it will look like.

The proposed “green” rail route cuts right through the AONB and farmland and ecologically sensitive areas, as does the proposed “access road” from the B1122. These are both too close to Leiston Abbey and the Pro Corda Music School.

The increase in road traffic across a wide area of the county will be enormous on an already inadequate road system. Alongside tourist traffic there are already HGV’s crossing the county from Felixstowe, white vans and commercial vehicles as well as local people travelling to work by car. The addition of extra vehicles wending their way to the Park and Ride facilities via minor roads and country lanes will cause horrendous problems not only to the people living alongside these routes but those trying to go about their daily business - taking children to school or going shopping. Many hold-ups and traffic jams will occur.

We also have to think about the events held in this part of the county. Snape Maltings already attracts thousands of visitors each year and that is due to be expanded. The annual music and arts festival “Latitude” near 4

 

Southwold is planning to grow in size and that already attracts thousands of visitors.

These are two venues that are an established part of this county’s culture and this huge industrial project will ruin peoples enjoyment because travelling to them will be a nightmare. Visitors who now holiday in the area for its peace and beauty will find quieter places to go, thus ruining a vibrant tourist industry.

 

9 Transport : Sea

 

The proposed jetty to receive heavy materials by sea has not been shown in enough detail for ordinary people to form an opinion.

How do we know what effects this will have on the sea bed during its construction, its use and if and when it is dismantled. What size ships would be using it? Not enough information.

 

10 Transport : Park and Ride

 

The actual Park and Ride facilities are gobbling up even more farmland. They will be operating 24/7 and the noise, fumes and light pollution will be horrendous for those living nearby, especially at Darsham. With so many trips planned for buses to and from the construction site day and night the area will become unbearable. Properties are already blighted and unsaleable around these sites. People should not be made to suffer this. No amount of compensation will make it alright.

 

11 & 12 Transport : Road Improvements

 

All the bypasses suggested at Farnham are ecologically damaging, except Option 2 which would not satisfy the residents on the bend and includes knocking down a Grade 2 building.

At Yoxford you admit that traffic will increase by 722% during the peak construction period. This is unacceptable.

Theberton can expect and increase of 542% during this period. This is also unacceptable.

It beggars belief that you would expect anybody using these roads or living on them or near them to accept these increases and shows utter

disregard for the people of Suffolk.

 

 

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Cycling : You suggest that your workers might prefer to cycle to the Park and Ride facilities or to the construction site. Well, unless the routes are completely off road, good luck to them. They will be taking their lives in their hands along with visitors and locals who cycle. With the increase in traffic cycling will be out of the question.

 

13 People and Economy

 

Tourism is an enormous part of this regions economy. If this project is allowed to go ahead tourism will be killed off. People come here for the peace and tranquillity of the countryside and the wildlife that this attracts. The effect of the industrialisation of a huge area of internationally recognised natural countryside that has been fought for over decades will be enormously detrimental. Visitors will simply go elsewhere.

The jobs promised are not all high paid long term jobs. Many skilled workers may be transferred from France when the project there is eventually finished. Local companies looking to recruit staff will not be able to compete with the higher wages offered by EDF and workers will leave to work there with consequences for local businesses.

 

14 Consultation process

 

I was very disappointed that the consultation period included the pre

Christmas period when most peoples attention was on other things. I understand that this was also the case for the first consultation and I feel this is insulting to the general public.

The consultation documents are poor. Much information is left out and there is not a lot more in them than in the first consultation. The maps are very poor and far too small to give proper detail. The keys to the maps in the summary document are illegible.

 

 

Audrey West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Response to EDF Stage 2 Consultation for Sizewell C