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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
|Leiston||Leiston United Church, High Street, Leiston||Friday 23 November||2pm – 8pm|
|Leiston||Leiston United Church, High Street, Leiston||Saturday 24 November||12.30pm – 4.30pm|
|Theberton||St Peter’s Church, Theberton||Monday 26 November||2pm – 8pm|
|Westleton||The Village Hall, Darsham Road, Westleton||Tuesday 27 November||2pm – 8pm|
|Saxmundham||Market Hall, High Street, Saxmundham||Thursday 29 November||2pm – 8pm|
|Yoxford||The Village Hall, Old High Road, Yoxford||Friday 30 November||12pm – 5pm|
|Stratford St Andrew||The Riverside Centre, Great Glemham Road||Saturday 1 December||10am – 4pm|
|Southwold||The Methodist Church, East Green, Southwold||Tuesday 4 December||2pm – 8pm|
|Halesworth||The Rifle Hall, London Road, Halesworth||Wednesday 5 December||2pm – 8pm|
|Wickham Market||The Village Hall, High Street, Wickham Market||Thursday 6 December||2pm – 8pm|
|Aldeburgh||The Baptist Church, High Street, Aldeburgh||Friday 7 December||2pm – 8pm|
|Melton / Woodbridge||The Lindos Centre, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton||Saturday 8 December||10am – 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.