Sizewell C Consultation
13/02/2017 Leave a comment
Tomorrow at Suffolk County Council our Cabinet will debate our response to the Sizewell C consultation 2 being run by EDF now.
In the scale of things there is simply no issue facing Suffolk of this magnitude. When we look at the next biggest infrastructure projects, The Upper Orwell Crossing and the Third Crossing at Lowestoft, across both we are looking at about a £200M spend yet Sizewell C is predicted at £28B so the bridges are less than 1% of this project cost.
The scale of it is huge and I have seen it both from visiting the Sizewell B site and driving around all the roads and fields where this project will take shape.
A journalist commented to me that they felt our report reflected the mood of people locally, and I said that was not be accident as we have tried to encapsulate people concerns and feeling as this project comes forward. There is a sense that of course this will happen as the county needs safe, independent of Europe, energy supplies but we must do all we can to make sure the area is not completely blighted for the next 10 years.
The plant is due to come on-line in 2030, and will for a period generate alongside Sizewell B which is due to operate until 2035, the two plants together will generate some 10% of UK energy supplies.
So, our role is to make sure we plan to mitigate its construction as best we can and for EDF to provide a legacy benefit to the community in the doing so. We will hold them to account all the way through the process to help get it built and for that to be at the minimum costs to those living in this wonderful part of Suffolk.