Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sizewell/Hacheston: EDF Energy called upon rethink park and ride proposal

08:40 20 August 2014

An aerial photograph of Sizewell. Photo: Mike Page.

An aerial photograph of Sizewell. Photo: Mike Page.

Mike Page

The energy company behind plans for a nuclear power plant in east Suffolk has been called upon to reconsider its “inappropriate” transport proposals associated with the project.

The chairmen of Hacheston, Marlesford and Parham parish councils have written to EDF Energy, expressing concerns about its park and ride proposals for a site near the three villages, to ferry workers to Sizewell C during its construction.

The letter highlights the “overwhelming opposition” expressed by the public at a consultation meeting organised by EDF in Hacheston last month, on the grounds of the scheme’s proposed location on “open agricultural land overlooking the sensitive River Ore Valley”.

Signed by Graeme Hall, of Hacheston; Annette Gray, of Parham, and Lord Marlesford, the letter continues: “A piece of important Suffolk landscape is therefore entirely inappropriate for such a development, which would represent a major intrusion probably 24/7 for an extended period, possibly as long as 10 years, into the communities, especially Marlesford.”

EDF’s decision to extend the potential development site towards Marlesford, and its alleged failure to consult with the village, is also highlighted as a concern.

“We believe that you would be wise to reconsider your entire transport plan for Sizewell,” the letter states.

Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, who was copied into the letter, has added his opposition to EDF’s proposals, claiming the loss of “prime agricultural land” is unacceptable when more suitable brownfield sites are available closer to Sizewell. “EDF needs to go back to the drawing board,” Dr Poulter said. “The county council must not allow EDF to run roughshod over the views of the people of Suffolk when they take this forward in further negotiations with the company.”

EDF has highlighted its work to minimise local disruption by building a jetty and enhancing the local rail network to take bulk materials and temporary accommodation for workers to cut journeys.

A spokesman said the company was undertaking a “robust transport assessment” to inform its Sizewell C project. “This is detailed and important work, which takes into account objective data, responses to consultation and planning policy guidance.”

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

LED lighting delivered by LPA Lighting Systems, part of Saffron Walden-based LPA Group, to the Munich Metro.
Photo copyright SWM/MVG/N+P Industrial Design

North Essex LED lighting and electro-mechanical systems manufacturer and distributor LPA Group has reported a five-fold increase in annual operating profits.

The newly proposed site for the Aldi supermarket in Martlesham Heath.

Discount supermarket giant Aldi has confirmed its intention to build a new store in Martlesham Heath, and has submitted a formal planning application.

Newmarket Race Course

Rural businesses in Suffolk and north Essex are reported to be facing some of the biggest hikes in rate payments during controversial tax reforms.

The former Groove nightclub in Ipswich which is being converted into an easyHotel.

A new “super budget” easyHotel due to open in Ipswich later this year will include a coffee shop.

Rain Newton-Smith, CBI chief economist.

Sentiment amongst financial services firms deteriorated further in the three months to December, but there are signs of an improvement in business conditions over the next quarter for some sectors, according to the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey.

Management Jobs

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24