Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Leiston: Concern voiced over ‘lack of information’ about nuclear proposal

15:00 17 January 2013

Sizewell C plans

Sizewell C plans

Archant

A TOWN council has formulated its initial response to the ongoing pre-application consultation for Sizewell C power station.

A letter from Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council will now be drafted in reaction to each element of EDF Energy’s proposal for a new twin reactor immediately north of the existing Sizewell B plant.

Ray Ricks and James Bailey, of independent consultant Boyer Planning, heard the thoughts of councillors and residents at a public meeting specially convened to discuss the application.

Mr Ricks shared the concerns of a number of consultees over a “lack of information” included in the pre-application, and suggested EDF should move to a more detailed “Stage 1A” before adopting a second phase of consultation.

Councillor John Last agreed, saying it was “very difficult to form opinions without detailed data.”

On the issue of accommodating the large number of workers during construction of the plant, the council felt that none of the three proposed “campus” sites were suitable, instead favouring smaller sites further away from the town.

On the overall strategy of transporting materials to the site, chairman Terry Hodgson concluded that the council would “favour a hierarchy of sea, rail and then road”.

He added: “ We have to know how they will manage traffic. There is not enough information on the movement of HGV traffic to make a judgement.”

Regarding the impact of traffic and possible improvements to road infrastructure, the council voted in favour of a bypass for the four villages of Marlesford, Little Glemham, Stratford St Andrew and Farnham.

But councillor Bill Howard said: “Whichever bypass route is taken, it will be through beautiful countryside. I know it’s against the grain but I don’t think the weight of traffic justifies it.”

As for extensions to the railway, the council expressed a unanimous preference for the so-called “Blue Route” around Leiston, but still had “serious concerns” about environment impact and views from Leiston Abbey. Other agreed requirements included the strengthening of emergency service and extra police, paid for by EDF. Meanwhile, councillor Trevor Hawkins suggested investment and emphasis on maths and sciences in local schools to help properly train potential plant employees.

The council agreed to include in its response that the Lover’s Lane recycling centre would require upgrading, and that there should be no development at Pill Box Field, within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its response will also include a list of Section 106 agreement desires.

The council will meet to ratify the document on January 22.

Related articles

1 comment

  • "councillor ........suggested investment and emphasis on maths and sciences in local schools to help properly train potential plant employees." I am sure that the councillor will be impressed to know that the Education Secretary requires Imperial Units of measurement be taught in schools. That should surely maintain the competitive edge over our European neighbours, and ensure our school leavers are first in line for jobs in the nuclear industry.

    Report this comment

    Rolf

    Friday, January 18, 2013

England's Harry Martin in 2014.

The greatest sporting spectacle on the planet is almost upon us once again.

An East of England Ambulance Service Trust vehicle. Photograph Simon Parker

An elderly woman was taken to hospital on Sunday after she collided with a car in Beccles which then did not stop.

Abellio Greater Anglia

A person has been pronounced dead after being struck by a train near Needham Market station.

Cupola House, in Bury St Edmunds

A steak and lobster restaurant from Southend is understood to be moving into the newly-renovated Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds.

It's hot up there!

You know it’s hot when your thighs stick together. For men out there, it’s more of a woman thing, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Voters at Whiting Street EU polling station, Bury St Edmunds.

Around 7% of people who voted for Brexit in Suffolk and north-east Essex now regret their decision, a poll by this newspaper has found.

Emma Young, assistant nurse at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

The hospice star who moved staff and patients to tears with a beautiful Adele rendition which has gone viral has said she would relish the chance to release a Christmas song for the charity.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24