26 Apr 13

Sizewell C community forum discuss stage 1 consultation

The Sizewell C New Nuclear Build team shared preliminary feedback from the Stage 1 consultation at the project's Community Forum last night (25/4).

Community representatives and other stakeholders from the area around Sizewell gathered for the second formal meeting last night at the Sizewell sports and social club in Leiston.

Community representatives heard that 1,300 people had responded to the first round of public consultation on Sizewell C, more than twice the amount that responded to the Hinkley Point C stage 1 consultation in Somerset. Analysis of the feedback is continuing, but some themes have emerged already. These include:

  • Overall support for EDF Energy's accommodation strategy including a range of views on location, size and number of the campus accommodation sites
  • On transport there was widespread support for use of transport methods that reduce traffic impacts including use of park and ride for workers and sea and rail for delivering construction materials
  • Of the three road improvement options that were proposed for Farnham, there was wide support for the bypass option, although many respondents thought that a full four village bypass was necessary. There was a general desire to see further information and proposals on transport issues.

The group heard that work continues to analyse the results and this early feedback was to highlight the emerging themes from this first stage of consultation.

Stephen Walls, the new Head of the Sizewell C project was introduced at the meeting. Stephen takes over from Angela Piearce who has now taken on a senior role within EDF Energy’s Corporate Policy team. He said: “It was good to meet so many parish councillors at the Community Forum. It provided a good opportunity to share early feedback from the first stage of consultation on a variety of areas ranging from the location of visitor centres through to the transport strategy.”

Sizewell C Community Forum

As part of overall activity involved in the public consultation, EDF Energy established 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.