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Sizewell C mobile library gets stuck in lay-by

PUBLISHED: 13:21 22 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:40 22 July 2020

The Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: CHARLES MACDOWELL

The Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: CHARLES MACDOWELL

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This was the scene after a mobile library allowing people to view plans for the proposed Sizewell C power station got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton.

The Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: COURTESY OF STOP SIZEWELL CThe Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: COURTESY OF STOP SIZEWELL C

The bus contains documents which detail how the £20billion nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast will look.

It is designed to give people in harder to reach, rural areas the chance to view hard copies of the plans - but has already come under fire from celebrity and Suffolk resident Bill Turnbull, who described it as a “feeble box ticking exercise”.

MORE: Sizewell C mobile library defended – after Bill Turnbull brands it ‘feeble box ticking’

However, the bus nearly didn’t get on the road at all after a recovery vehicle from Richard Murray, in Lowestoft, had to be called to rescue it from the lay-by when it developed an air pressure hose fault.

The Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: COURTESY OF STOP SIZEWELL CThe Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: COURTESY OF STOP SIZEWELL C

Pictures show the bus stuck in the grass at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, July 21, with workers opening up parts of the vehicle to try and free it.

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A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said: “It was great to welcome so many local people to the Sizewell C mobile library which visited Middleton.

“We are grateful to Richard Murray, a Lowestoft business that came to help the library when the air pressure hose developed a fault as we left the village.

The Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: COURTESY OF STOP SIZEWELL CThe Sizewell C mobile library got stuck in a lay-by in Middleton. Picture: COURTESY OF STOP SIZEWELL C

“Thanks to Richard and his son Tom we were able to get the library back on the road swiftly and it is out in Yoxford today as planned.”

EDF Energy previously said the bus “has been well received” on its visits, “including visits by young people interested in how they find out about working with the project”.

MORE: EDF ‘pleased’ as Sizewell C plans cleared for next phase

The firm lodged its proposal for a new nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast with the Planning Inspectorate in May.

They have been deemed to be satisfactory by communities secretary Robert Jenrick the next stage, meaning the public now has a chance to examine the documents before a detailed, final proposal is revealed.


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