New community centre and sports facilities on Leiston Sizewell C ‘wish list’

Community leaders in Leiston have put together an 18-point wish list of improvements they want EDF Energy to put in place if the Sizewell C nuclear power station is given the go-ahead.

Among the projects the town is seeking are a new community centre, improved sports facilities, creation of a community hub with an improved library, replacement of the Dinsdale Road toilets with modern ones, extra CCTV, and help for youngsters to get on the housing ladder.

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council says it cannot support the proposals for a further power station at Sizewell until the impact on amenities, environment and traffic are resolved satisfactorily.

Councillors have welcomed the socio-economic benefits the £16billion project will bring but say there will be disruption and inconvenience experienced by the town throughout its 10-year construction.

They also have “serious ecological and practical concerns” over siting two more reactors in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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The council said: “The long-term legacy of an access road across the AONB, a large prominent industrial complex on the heritage coast, also in the AONB, plus the plans to store spent fuel in the parish for an indefinite period are also factors that need mitigation through various immediate compensatory measures and a long-term community fund.”

It wants EDF “to assess the efficacy of supporting the town and entering into partnership with the town to work on the bigger projects with them as its major employer and neighbour for many years to come”.

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The council has identified the former Middle School site as having potential to replace the current community centre, which only seats 60 people and is too small for many events, in King George’s Avenue. A new project could include a cafe, toilets and all-weather outdoor sports facilities.

Ideas for Leiston Sports Centre, a legacy from Sizewell B, would include improvements and modernisation and possibly a 50m Olympic pool for use of residents and construction workers.

Help has also been requested for the Leiston Works Railway Project, and to create conference and break-out areas at Leiston Film Theatre.

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