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Details on Sizewell C consultation process

Angela Piearce, the head of the Sizewell C project, stands on Sizewell beach near the nuclear site.

Angela Piearce, the head of the Sizewell C project, stands on Sizewell beach near the nuclear site.


Details have been released about EDF Energy’s consultation process looking at plans for the new Sizewell C nuclear power station on the north Suffolk coast.

The energy giant has also confirmed dates and venues for 12 community engagement exhibition events in November and December, during which people can find out more about the consultation process and finally have their say.

The first two exhibitions will take place in Leiston with further events in Southwold and Halesworth.

Richard Mayson, EDF Energy’s director of planning and external affairs, said: “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.”

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.

An independent consultant will assist parish and town councils around Sizewell as part of the forthcoming consultation. The consultant will be funded through the Planning Performance Agreement and independent of EDF Energy and the local authorities, working exclusively for the town and parish councils, helping them in drafting their responses to the consultation.

EDF Energy’s Statement of Community Consultation is available to view at 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.

The consultations are at:


Leiston United Church, High Street, on Friday, November 23 between 2pm and 8pm and Saturday, November 24 between 12.30pm and 4.30pm


The Methodist Church, East Green, on Tuesday, December 4 between 2pm and 8pm


The Rifle Hall, London Road, on Wednesday, 5 December, between 2pm and 8pm


  • Fukushima still ongoing...estimated clean up cost, now put at $124.55 billion. Somehow, I don't think any of these new ones will get insurance cover.

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    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • So EdF are to organise a consultation which looks more and more like discussing the layout of deckchairs on the Titanic. Although there are issues to be discussed, such as the impact on the local roads, the accommodation of the workforce, and evacuation procedures in the case of an emergency, the real issue much more fundamental; the need for nuclear power in the first place, especially its cost and safety compared to other modes of generation. The government continue to say that the issue of the need for nuclear is not open for discussion, having been dealt with in the Energy White Paper. However, research and experience have shown that the data used to produce the White Paper is fatally flawed, as demonstrated in the paper “Corruption of Governance”, presented to MPs by the No Need for Nuclear campaign group. Nuclear power is not the way forward. The Germans have decided that all nuclear power will be phased out and replaced by renewable energy. Far from being the disaster that the pro-nuclear lobby predicted, last winter Germany ended up exporting power to their nuclear powered neighbours in France and have developed skills and experience which will be sorely needed around the world in the future. Nuclear power is only low carbon when compared to fossil fuels and is the most carbon intensive of the so called “low carbon” solutions, generating between five and six times more carbon pollution than wind and more than any renewable source. New nuclear power stations in Finland and France are way behind schedule and massively over budget. It is estimated that to make nuclear power pay the carbon floor price would have to be raised considerably higher than that required by renewable energy, hitting all consumers in the pocket and handing over an estimated £1 to £3 billion subsidy to existing nuclear operators without saving a single molecule of CO2 pollution. The reprocessing facility required to help manage the UK’s existing nuclear waste is now, just eighteen months after the start of the project, two years behind schedule and is currently predicted to cost more than double its budget, with many more cost escalations to come, no doubt. According to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority budget, we will be paying an estimated £100 billion to clear up existing nuclear waste and yet the plan is to produce even more. Operators of most major polluting processes are bound by law to use the “Best Available Technology not Engendering Excessive Cost” (BATNEEC). Nuclear power is neither the best or the cheapest, but it seems is exempt from this consideration. The only reason to go with nuclear is the inability of politicians to admit to their fallibility and change their minds.

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    Pete Rowberry

    Friday, November 9, 2012

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