25 Nov 12

Hundreds come to hear about Sizewell C

EDF Energy has met with over 600 Leiston residents in the first few days since the launch of the Stage 1 consultation for Sizewell C.

The Sizewell C Information Office opened its doors to the public on Wednesday (21 November) and the first exhibition was held in Leiston on Friday. A second event was also held in Leiston United Church on the High Street on Saturday with the hope of attracting shoppers to come and hear more about the project.

Tom McGarry, Sizewell C communications manager said: “We’ve been encouraged by the numbers of local people who have visited our first two exhibitions and dropped by our Information Office in Leiston High Street. This is the beginning of an eleven week consultation programme and we are committed to giving all feedback proper consideration, so we urge residents to come and have their say.”

Leiston resident Marianne Nichols visited the exhibition on Saturday. Speaking about the event she said: “It has been good to talk to people and have our questions answered. We have been shown the options for the power station in more detail and it has been nice to have time to discuss this further.”

Mr Cornwell, a Leiston resident living near to Sizewell B, said: “We live close to Sizewell B and the station keeps us informed. We do feel the company is trying hard to communicate the Sizewell C project fully.”

Over the next eleven weeks EDF Energy will be consulting on the company’s initial proposals and options for the Sizewell C development.

Local people can have their say on areas such as the overall proposals for Sizewell C, a rail, sea and road transport strategy including park and ride sites, accommodation for workers, and the socio-economic effects of the power station construction.

Sizewell C would generate enough electricity to supply one in five homes in Britain. It would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for low-carbon, secure and affordable energy. It would also create significant business, training and employment opportunities locally, regionally and throughout the UK.

The Sizewell C site would have two reactors, known as EPRs, capable of generating enough electricity to supply around five million homes. At the peak of construction the project would provide around 5,600 jobs on-site and more in the supply chain. Once operational, the new power station would support around 900 permanent direct jobs as well as many more indirect jobs. We expect Sizewell C would produce low-carbon electricity for 60 years.

The role of nuclear power in the UK

Parliament has already decided that Britain needs new nuclear power stations. MPs have voted on this issue following a full public consultation and debate. As part of this process, Sizewell was identified as a potentially suitable site for a new nuclear power station. These fundamental decisions have been taken nationally, so are not covered as part of this consultation.

How local communities can have their say

EDF Energy is holding twelve public exhibitions for local communities to have their say during the Stage 1 Consultation for Sizewell C. EDF Energy will also provide funding for an independent consultant to assist local parish and town councils in drafting their responses to the consultation.

People can also share their views by -

• Completing a public questionnaire online at http://sizewell.edfenergyconsultation.info
• Emailing comments to sizewell@edfconsultation.info
• Writing to Sizewell Nuclear New Build, FREEPOST LON20574, London, W1E 3EZ
• Calling our freephone number 0800 197 6102 (during normal office hours).
Copies of all the documents are available to view during the Stage 1 Consultation period at the Sizewell C Information Office (48-50 High Street, Leiston, IP16 4EW) which is open 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday; in the offices of Suffolk County, Suffolk Coastal District, Waveney District and Ipswich Borough Councils; and at the public exhibitions and events that will be held during the consultation period.

Documents will also be available in a number of local public libraries, on disc and to download by visiting the Project website http://sizewell.edfenergyconsultation.info

People can also follow progress on Twitter: @edfesizewellc.

The deadline for responses to this first stage of our consultation is Wednesday, 6 February 2013.

Public Exhibitions for Sizewell C

LeistonLeiston United Church, High StreetFriday 23 November2pm – 8pm
LeistonLeiston United Church, High StreetSaturday 24 November12.30pm – 4.30pm
ThebertonSt Peter’s ChurchMonday 26 November2pm – 8pm
WestletonThe Village Hall, Darsham RoadTuesday 27 November2pm – 8pm
SaxmundhamMarket Hall, High StreetThursday 29 November2pm – 8pm
YoxfordThe Village Hall, Old High RoadFriday 30 November12pm – 5pm
Stratford St AndrewThe Riverside Centre, Great Glemham RoadSaturday 1 December10am – 4pm
SouthwoldThe Methodist Church, East GreenTuesday 4 December2pm – 8pm
HalesworthThe Rifle Hall, London RoadWednesday 5 December2pm – 8pm
Wickham MarketThe Village Hall, High StreetThursday 6 December2pm – 8pm
AldeburghThe Baptist Church, High StreetFriday 7 December2pm – 8pm
Melton / WoodbridgeThe Lindos Centre, Saddlemakers Lane, MeltonSaturday 8 December10am – 4pm