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EDF boss offers to meet campaigners to hear concerns over Sizewell C

PUBLISHED: 08:45 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:45 09 July 2018

Simone Rossi speaking at Suffolk Chamber Picture: DAVID GARRAD

Simone Rossi speaking at Suffolk Chamber Picture: DAVID GARRAD

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Campaigners who felt they were snubbed by EDF Energy boss Simone Rossi during a visit to Suffolk have now been offered the chance to meet him to discuss Sizewell C.

Chief executive officer Mr Rossi addressed the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Kesgrave recently but disappointed campaign groups by choosing not to visit the power plant site.

Theberton and Eastbridge Action Group on Sizewell C (TEAGs) had invited Mr Rossi to visit communities in east Suffolk most affected by EDF’s proposals to see the impact the huge development would have on the area.

The group says it has now received a letter saying he would be at Sizewell on September 7 and offering to meet.

Alison Downes, co chair of TEAGS, said: “We welcome the opportunity to meet Simone Rossi in September, some ten months after we wrote to him, overdue though it is.

“However, what we want most is the chance to show him our parish and the area around Minsmere – as we requested in our original letter – so that he may better understand this special place and how it will be affected during the construction of Sizewell C.

“Since we are the community that stands on the very front line of EDF’s plans for two new reactors, we most certainly deserve Simone Rossi’s attention. We urge him to take a fresh approach to tackling these cumulative and unacceptable impacts.

“We’ll be calling on him to adopt a different accommodation strategy, utilising split sites; to acknowledge that the B1122 is not fit for purpose and that Sizewell needs a relief road; and to address much more openly the impacts on this fragile environment.”

Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director, said EDF had met with members of TEAGs in May, discussed their concerns and offered a follow-up meeting. “We are also going to organise a visit for the group to see Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, as they said this would be helpful,” he added. “Our meeting with TEAGS is part of a commitment to meet and keep open communications with a wide variety of organisations in the areas close to our development proposals.”

Mr Crawford added EDF’s Leiston High Street office was open during the week for people to visit.

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