Suffolk: Energy Coast Delivery Board aims to ensure county grasps Sizewell C opportunities

Some of those who attended the first meeting of the Suffolk Energy Coast Delivery Board, from left,

Some of those who attended the first meeting of the Suffolk Energy Coast Delivery Board, from left, Andy Smith (of Suffolk Coastal District Council), Therese Coffey MP, Bryn Griffiths (Suffolk County Council), Liz Keenaghan-Clark, Bryan Payne and Owen Jenkins (all from the Department for Energy and Climate Change), and Stephen Walls (EDF). - Credit: Archant

A new public-private sector body has been been launched to help ensure that Suffolk secures maximum economic advantage from growth in the energy sector, particularly the Sizewell C power station project.

The Suffolk Energy Coast Delivery Board brings together representatives from central governent, local councils and businesses, including the company behind Sizewell C, energy group EDF.

It will focus how the proposed nuclear development can contribute to lasting jobs and growth in the area, although the board will also work with players in other areas of the energy sector.

The first meeting of the board, which is being chaired by Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey, identified four key areas: transport and infrastructure (on which Suffolk County Council will take the lead), supply chain opportunities (Suffolk Chamber of Commerce), skills and education (West Suffolk College) and housing (Suffolk Coastal District Council).

Other members of the board include New Anglia LEP, East Anglia Offshore Wind and Galloper Offshore Wind. Representatives from central governmental departments will also attend, depending on the agenda, with the Department of Energy and Climate Change co-ordinating government involvement.

Therese Coffey said: “I’m very pleased that the Government has recognised the Suffolk Coast is crucial to the supply of energy for the UK for many years to come.

“The Suffolk Coast Energy Board has been set up to bring together the different economic opportunities for Suffolk as a result of the investment in energy in the county.

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“It is essential that Suffolk takes advantage of the community benefit from these schemes, whether it be from Sizewell C or the off-shore wind industry, to make sure a long lasting legacy is secured.”