Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sizewell: EDF must support A12 bypass says county

15:00 18 January 2013

Leader of Suffolk County Council Mark Bee and Guy McGregor at the notorious Farnham bend.

Leader of Suffolk County Council Mark Bee and Guy McGregor at the notorious Farnham bend.

Archant

A NEW by-pass for the four villages along the A12 remains vital if Sizewell C is to go ahead – that’s the position that is set to be re-affirmed by local authorities in the area over the next few weeks.

shares

The county council’s cabinet is set to confirm the view outlined by senior officials and leading councillors over the recent months that the by-pass around the villages of Farnham, Stratford St Andrew, Little Glemham, and Marlesford is vital if the project is to get full backing from the authority.

Its meeting on January 29 is expected to say that while it supports the construction of Sizewell C in principle, there needs to be much more done for local communities – and to ensure there are enough jobs and training for local people.

Guy McGregor, the county’s cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “Through this response we are trying to reflect the views of Suffolk, not just the county council.

“We’ve worked with Suffolk Coastal District Council to consult local businesses, town and parish councils and, of course residents, to form our views.

“EDF is at risk of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory if it doesn’t listen to calls for investment in infrastructure and community facilities. They must take due note of the views being expressed.

“We support the development of Sizewell C and we want to do right by the country in terms of its long term energy needs.

“But we also want to make sure Sizewell does right by Suffolk and doesn’t leave the county short-changed from this significant development.”

The county’s position was made clear by Mr McGregor and his fellow councillors within hours of EDF’s proposals for Sizewell C being published in November.

However the cabinet meeting will enshrine them in county council policy.

The cabinet also says the only park and ride site acceptable to the north of the power station would be that suggested for Darsham railway station – and to the south there needs to be further investigation of both Woodbridge and Wickham Market sites.

It will back plans for a rail terminal on the Sizewell C site, but warns that the route to the terminal must cause as little damage as possible to the countryside.

shares

3 comments

  • the probem is that the car park at darsham and wickham market arfter construction will they be returned to green belt or be a housing estate i would like to be told

    Report this comment

    john taylor

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • the probem is that the car park at darsham and wickham market arfter construction will they be returned to green belt or be a housing estate i would like to be told

    Report this comment

    john taylor

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • So the cabinet is happy to write Darsham off and saddle the area with a monstrous car park - and all the attendant horrors. I live in the area and expect better from the planners. Say no to this plan. Why not build the access road by the railway and have all the dormitory and construction complex there ? How many people reading this believe that all is a done deal for EDF and all the showcases and talk are just a smoke screen?

    Report this comment

    Midasi

    Friday, January 18, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Vernon Wilkes' Rolex.

A Rolex watch bought in Canada during the Second World War could sell for double its actual worth at auction next week because of a letter from a former owner.

UCS Clearing possible cover

Just a few months into their course they helped people with life-threatening conditions, unwell patients and, on one occasion, even helped to deliver a baby.

Woodbridge fundraiser Mandy Hearle (dressed as Ping) launches her latest effort for Médecins Sans Frontières. It's called Books Without Borders and will involve stickers being placed on certain books at Woodbridge Library. Pictured with Helen Scrivener, library manager, Gerry Spiller, puppeteer, and Merryn Whatling

After a year of charity challenges, Woodbridge’s Mandy Hearle could be forgiven for putting her feet up.

Al Pulford by Angela Adams. Al is a friend and fellow freeleance photographer.

They may look other-worldly but these weird and wonderful images were produced surprisingly close to home.

Morrisons in Stowmarket.

The Morrisons supermarket in Stowmarket will close on April 3, it has been announced.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court

Campaigners who fought to save two Suffolk magistrates courts voiced their disappointment last night as it was confirmed the centres will be closed.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24