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Sizewell: MEP hears voice of protesters

PUBLISHED: 17:44 11 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:44 11 April 2014

Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group meet with MEP Andrew Duff to discuss several issues regarding the village.

Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group meet with MEP Andrew Duff to discuss several issues regarding the village.

A group opposed to the Sizewell C project have been visited by a member of the European Parliament who heard their grievances over the controversial proposal.

The Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell (TEAGS) met with Andrew Duff, Liberal Democrat MEP for the East of England in Theberton yesterday to voice their concerns over the impact building the nuclear power station would have.

EDF Energy are looking to build twin nuclear reactors to the north of the two existing power stations.

There are plans to use the B1122 to carry all construction and emergency traffic, and to house 3,000 construction workers in a multi-storey campus adjacent to the village Eastbridge.

Jon Swallow, chairman of the Sizewell Parishes Liaison Group and member of TEAGS, said: “If Sizewell C goes ahead it would be the biggest construction site the east of England has ever seen.”

“It would damage a fragile and internationally-protected environment, and destroy the unique qualities that make this part of Suffolk so special, and so popular with visitors - the peace and tranquility and dark night skies.”

“We are delighted Andrew Duff is visiting, as we need our elected representatives to defend our best interests. We will not rest until we have made our voices heard.”

Mr Duff said: “The impact upon Suffolk and the coastal area, villages and market towns is going to be dramatic.”

He added that the building of the power station would cause traffic disruption and noise through the villages.

He also said that he would be talking to EDF to get their point of view.

Mr Duff added: “We hope we’ll be able to enquire into a solution for this problem which will suit all parties.

“There are several complex issues that aren’t going to be resolved in a hurry.

“We all know that there’s not going to be a decision on Sizewell C for some time.

“The construction of a building like this requires a lot of workers and they have to live somewhere close.

“When you think about it, there isn’t anywhere sufficiently close.”

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