Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Leiston: Traffic fears voiced but Sizewell B store has bid for extra hours approved

08:00 29 March 2014

Borehole drilling as part of site investigations at Sizewell

Borehole drilling as part of site investigations at Sizewell

Archant

Proposals to extend the working hours on a multi-million pound fuel store project at Sizewell B have been given the go-ahead – despite objections from community leaders.

shares

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council recommended refusal for the extra working hours and said the project should abide by the agreed weekend working for construction sites in the area.

Councillors also voiced concerns over changes in lorry routes for the project that would send more trucks through Leiston.

EDF Energy is constructing a facility for “dry” storage of highly radioactive spent fuel rods from the nuclear power station reactor.

The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year – only months before the existing facility is likely to become full.

To speed up the work and increase flexibility at the construction site, the company applied to increase its working hours on Saturdays to permit work between 7.30am and 6pm.

It has also asked for variation to the routes for cement delivery lorries to the site, asking for them to be allowed to use the B1119 rather than via the approved A12/B1122 construction traffic route.

Town councillors felt there was no reason to change the travel plan for trucks and allow them to come through Leiston via Waterloo Road, Station Road and Abbey Road, when lay-bys had been created on the Clayhills Road and other roadworks done in Middleton and Theberton specifically to accommodate the lorries.

Councillor Bill Howard said: “We are talking about more noise and dust and disruption for the residents and the restrictions should stay.”

Suffolk Coastal said: “The amendment just provides the flexibility to continue working a little longer on Saturdays should it be necessary if, for example, work scheduled to finish on a Friday carries over.”

Sizewell B plant manager John Benn told the Sizewell Stakeholder Group the aim was to get the building completed as early as possible and keep disruption to a shorter period.

The B1119 would only be used in the event that the concrete batching plant breaks down and urgent supplies of concrete are required.

shares

0 comments

Emergency services at the scene of an accident near Beyton

A teenage motorist is in a ‘critical condition’ following a single vehicle crash on the A14.

Set up of the 2015 Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich 
Wild Earthworks, Julius McCann-King and Bean the dog

People planning to enjoy the Suffolk Show have just hours to buy discounted tickets online.

The BP petrol station eastbound on the A14

The male driver of a car which crashed into a petrol station has escaped uninjured.

Suffolk Agricultural Society President Terry Hunt and CEO Nicola Bateman ahead of the Suffolk Show in May

With just a day to go until the Suffolk Show, Terry Hunt – EADT/Ipswich Star editor and president of the Suffolk Agricultural Association – looks forward to the county’s biggest two-day event.

Set up of the 2015 Suffolk Show at Trinity Park, Ipswich

See live posts from the showground as exhibitors and stewards prepare for the opening of the Suffolk Show.

A couple from Rayne are making a police appeal on Crimewatch. Picture: Ian Burt

Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in which a couple were threatened with a knife will be appearing on Crimewatch tonight to make a renewed appeal for information.

From wild swimming to exploring parks in lunch breaks, it's time adults reconnected with nature

It’s about time we realised that making time for nature is good for us and our planet

Traffic could build up on the A14

Police are reminding drivers they may need to allow extra time for their journey over the next couple of days as the Suffolk Show takes place at Trinity Park.

The countdown to the Suffolk Show is on

Visitors to the Suffolk Show are set for fine and dry weather tomorrow.

Delays were caused when a car overturned on the A14 earlier

A car overturned on the A14 causing delays for motorists heading towards Newmarket.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages