27 Jan 17
Hinkley Point C

Rural communities respond to Sizewell C consultation

An innovative project in Suffolk is helping EDF Energy consult some of the most rural communities in the county on the latest plans for Sizewell C.

The Rural Coffee Caravan is visiting 11 villages this month, including Bruisyard, Thorpeness and Kettleburgh, providing information on the Stage 2 consultation for Sizewell C and reaching out to more than 250 people.  The next visit is scheduled today in Dunwich (27 Jan).

Nicola Corbett, Sizewell C community relations officer, has accompanied The Rural Coffee Caravan on its visit to villages around East Suffolk.  Nicky said: “It is important to reach rural communities to consult on the Sizewell C proposals.  The Rural Coffee Caravan has given us the opportunity to meet people in their area in a relaxed environment.”

EDF Energy started working with the organisation during the planning for Stage 2 consultation for Sizewell C as the group was identified to provide information to traditionally hard to reach areas. 

The Sizewell C public consultation period runs from 23 November 2016 – 3 February 2017 and has engaged 3,000 visitors and hosted 23 public exhibitions across east Suffolk.

EDF Energy has also provided funding to Planning Aid England to provide bespoke, independent and free guidance and advice to local parish and town councils during this consultation.

People can share their views by completing a public questionnaire online at www.sizewellc.co.uk
or in hardcopy to the address below
•     Emailing comments to  info@sizewellc.co.uk
•     Writing to FREEPOST SZC Consultation (no stamp or further address required)
•     Calling our freephone number 0800 197 6102 (during normal office hours)

Copies of the consultation documents are available to view during the 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.

The Rural Coffee Caravan
The mobile community centre and café has provided a vital lifeline for many Suffolk villages since its launch in 2003 to tackle rural isolation.  To find out more call 01379 855338 or visit ruralcoffeecaravan.org.uk
 

EDF Energy in the East of England

In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.