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Middleton/Theberton: Parish councils raise concerns over Sizewell C proposals

09:00 02 February 2013

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PARISHES likely to be some of the most affected should a third nuclear power station be built on the Suffolk coast have raised concerns about the proposals.

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People have until Wednesday to comment on EDF Energy’s plans for Sizewell C. John Morris, chairman of Middleton-cum-Fordley Parish Council, said they had serious reservations about the capacity of the B1122, which is likely to see a substantial increase in traffic – especially large HGVs.

EDF has proposed improving the junction of the B1122 at Yoxford, saying most materials will be brought in via sea or rail and that park-and-ride schemes will reduce vehicle movements.

But Mr Morris called for the current consultation to be extended, claiming data concerning sea and rail movements was inadequate or had only just been made available.

He also said members would support a new access road off the A12 going towards the site - similar to the D2 proposal mooted during the consultation for Sizewell B, while also fearing the county council’s calls for a bypass around the villages of Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham could lead to other needs being ignored. “The B1122 just isn’t up to the job,” he said. “It is not fit for the number of lorries that could be using it. Not to mention the safety issues. Hundreds of homes would be affected and if there needed to be an evacuation then there would be gridlock very quickly. We would be very happy to get behind the D2 road if that was on the books.”

He added: “We do feel that we have been a bit rail-roaded over the bypass. I would like to see the local authorities taking a slightly more balanced view of concerns expressed by other residents. We also feel EDF should extend their consultation period so that some of the information that is now beginning to surface can be properly digested.” Clive Brown, chairman of Theberton and Eastbridge Parish Council, said one of their concerns was over one of the proposed accommodation campuses for workers. “Non of it is very satisfactory,” he said. “Certainly we don’t want a campus at Eastbridge, it should be nearer to the site.”

Guy McGregor, who is responsible for roads at the county council, said he was aware of the concerns surrounding the B1122 and they would be discussing the potential for the D2 option. However he reiterated the need for a bypass remained essential.

A spokeswoman for EDF said they were required to consult for 28 days but had now been in discussions for 11 weeks.

Communications manager Tom McGarry added: “This has been a far-reaching consultation which has ensured we have been able to engage with thousands of people. We would encourage people who want to have their say to do so - it’s not too late.”

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