8 Nov 12

Sizewell C – Time to have your say

EDF Energy has published a document setting out how it plans to consult with local people about its proposals for a new power station at Sizewell and its associated development.

In its Statement of Community Consultation (SOCC) published today EDF Energy also gives details of exhibitions where the public can have their say on plans for Sizewell C.

Following feedback from Suffolk County and Suffolk Coastal District Councils the consultation period on the initial proposals and options for Sizewell C will last for eleven weeks, beginning on 21 November, and closing on 6 February 2013.

The twelve public exhibitions will provide an opportunity for local communities to find out more about EDF Energy’s plans, speak directly to the team and give feedback on the proposals.

EDF Energy will also provide funding for an independent consultant to assist local parish and town councils in drafting their responses to the consultation.

“We are committed to carrying out a full and open consultation with local people. I would encourage everyone to play an active role, as their comments and suggestions will be taken into account and will make a difference in shaping our plans,” said Richard Mayson, Director of Planning and External Affairs.

EDF Energy is holding public exhibitions about Sizewell C at the following locations

LeistonLeiston United Church, High Street, LeistonFriday 23 November2pm – 8pm
LeistonLeiston United Church, High Street, LeistonSaturday 24 November12.30pm – 4.30pm
ThebertonSt Peter’s Church, ThebertonMonday 26 November2pm – 8pm
WestletonThe Village Hall, Darsham Road, WestletonTuesday 27 November2pm – 8pm
SaxmundhamMarket Hall, High Street, SaxmundhamThursday 29 November2pm – 8pm
YoxfordThe Village Hall, Old High Road, YoxfordFriday 30 November12pm – 5pm
Stratford St AndrewThe Riverside Centre, Great Glemham RoadSaturday 1 December10am – 4pm
SouthwoldThe Methodist Church, East Green, SouthwoldTuesday 4 December2pm – 8pm
HalesworthThe Rifle Hall, London Road, HalesworthWednesday 5 December2pm – 8pm
Wickham MarketThe Village Hall, High Street, Wickham MarketThursday 6 December2pm – 8pm
AldeburghThe Baptist Church, High Street, AldeburghFriday 7 December2pm – 8pm
Melton / WoodbridgeThe Lindos Centre, Saddlemakers Lane, MeltonSaturday 8 December10am – 4pm

As well as the public exhibitions, EDF Energy will be putting in place a range of other activities to help local people get information on the proposals and give their feedback. The company has set up a dedicated office in Leiston, the Sizewell C Information Office, which will be open throughout the consultation. The Sizewell C Development Team has also offered to provide presentations to local parishes and town councils.

A project website: sizewell.edfenergyconsultation.info will include all the consultation literature to download and give their feedback online. The website will also include the latest newsletters that EDF Energy will be publishing throughout the consultation and which are mailed out to over 20,000 homes and businesses in the area local to Sizewell. Progress can also be followed on twitter @edfesizewellc

As part of overall activity involved in the public consultation, EDF Energy will also establish a Community Forum for the discussion of local issues during the planning process between EDF Energy, elected representatives of the local community and other stakeholder groups on the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell.

Brian Stewart, former chief executive of the East of England Regional Assembly, has been appointed as the independent chairman of the Community Forum. The first formal meeting of the Community Forum will take place during the first stage of public consultation.

EDF Energy’s Statement of Community Consultation is available to view at www.edfenergyconsultation.info and in hard copy at the Sizewell C Information Office and at Leiston Town Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council offices throughout the consultation period.