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Sizewell C: Opponents unite in fight against N-plant proposals

12:00 14 February 2013

An artist's impression of what Sizewell C could look like (light grey)

An artist's impression of what Sizewell C could look like (light grey)

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting proposals to build a third nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast have united in opposition.

Together Against Sizewell C (TASC) comprises of individuals and groups who have serious concerns about EDF Energy’s plans. Members believe that if the nuclear power station is built it will have a detrimental affect on the community and the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

They also cite fears concerning the environment, the urbanisation of the countryside, transport, health, tourism and the problems of radioactive waste disposal.

Joan Girling, on behalf of TASC, said: “We want to demonstrate this development can be prevented. It is not a done deal.

“If it gets the go ahead it will result in what can only be described as environmental vandalism. It will affect people’s way of life and blight our communities, resulting in a negative effect with unacceptable traffic, noise and light pollution.”

TASC is organising a number of public meetings, the first of which is to be held in Yoxford Village Hall on Saturday, February 23 at 10.30am until 12.30pm.

People can express their views and it is also hoped there will be talks from environmental consultant Pete Wilkinson, who is a member of the Sizewell Stakeholder Group and sat on the Government’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, Professor Andy Blowers, chairman of Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group and Peter Rowberry, who will show slides of some of the Sizewell B construction.

Charles Barnett, chairman of the Shutdown Sizewell Campaign, said they were delighted to support TASC. “It is a broad church,” he said. “It is an inclusive organisation grown from the shared belief that Sizewell C would devastate an area of natural beauty and create risks both in relation to a vulnerable coastline and the on site storage of toxic waste.” The first round of consultation into EDF’s plans for Sizewell C ended last week, with more than 4,000 people having their say.

A spokeswoman said: “EDF Energy has said from the outset that we are committed to a thorough and transparent consultation process. There have been almost 100 events held in churches, community centres, offices, village and town halls across the county. The public have had the chance to meet with the team and ask questions about the issues that matter most to them. Each issue raised will now be considered and recorded. The feedback will be analysed and used to help EDF Energy develop detailed proposals which will be subject to a further stage of consultation.”

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4 comments

  • IF WE TOOK NOTICE OF ALL THESE DO-GOODERS WE WOULD STILL BE SITTING AROUND FIRE'S WITH ANIMAL SKINS ON ' WANT THE POWER NEED THE AIRPORT ECT... BUT NOT WERE I LIVE..

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Saturday 23rd February 2013 Yoxford Village Hall, 10.30 to 12.30 ? Is this meeting going to involve using Electricity in any way, shape or form ? Have these 'protesters' ever heard of the expression 'Do not put all your eggs in one basket' ??

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    freedomf

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Everyone in Suffolk should oppose the expansion of Nuclear Power, and in particular to any Sizewell C. Conservation, energy efficiency and renewables are all cheaper, safer and faster ways of closing a gap in electricity supply. They will also generate more local employment. It is good to see a Challenge to the inflated job claims for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station. Energy efficiency and conservation, as well as renewable energy, will contribute to more genuinely local and long term jobs.

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    John Green

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • EDF have already said that without additional supply they will be unable to meet demand before 2020 So WE as a country need to do something now. I am getting rather fed up of people who do not have a life so find the need to campaign against everything. Well I want electricity, I like flicking a switch and having light. We need wind farms in Suffok, We need solar farms in Suffolk, We need nuclear power in Suffolk. Well I suggest that all those that campaign against the generation of electricity should have their supply cut off for 12 hours a day, then hopefully my supply will not be interrupted.

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    G OldMan

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

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