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The Sizewell C Project
Received 05 August 2020
From Pettistree Parish Council
“Our village of Pettistree will be adversely affected by the development of Sizewell C especially during the construction phase. The plans submitted do not mitigate the problems we have identified, despite the problems (especially ‘rat runs’) being highlighted from the outset in the EDF community forums. 1. Congestion of road traffic using the B1078 into Wickham Market, caused by traffic accessing the Park-and-Ride at Hacheston, will limit our access to this important service-centre for surrounding villages. 2. Road traffic trying to avoid the above congestion and access the A12 will lead to 'rat runs' forming through the narrow lanes of Pettistree causing damage to road surfaces and verges. The traffic will be a hazard to pedestrians as we have no lighting or pavements. 3. The tracking of Sizewell-bound HGVs is welcomed but this needs to be applied to all goods vehicles and small vans supplying Sizewell to stop them using unsuitable routes. 4. Non-Sizewell traffic of all kinds will be forced on the 'rat runs' by the congestion on the approved route. 5. Damage to listed and other buildings (such as my own) in the village from vibration, and subsidence of verges, will result from the increased unsuitable traffic. 6. The overall feeling of the participants in the meeting of local parish councils on 7.9.19 was that the debate (on congestion in Wickham Market) was no further on than it was at stage 3. 7. The A12 is already congested at several points between Ipswich and Sizewell and the increased traffic from Sizewell C construction will aggravate this, causing delays to ordinary users and emergency services into and out of Ipswich. 8. The failure to use sea transport for heavy materials, and only small use of rail transport, places intolerable loads on the road system that will cause the problems in many other small villages that we anticipate in Pettistree. 9. EDF have failed to justify the use of new large pylons at the Sizewell C site that will damage the enjoyment of the local environment. 10. None of the stages of consultation has looked at the effect of Sizewell C construction on other areas due to initiatives by local companies providing building or haulage services. An example is the probable use of the Bentwaters Airfield site for storage or transfer of very bulky materials. This will require large HGVs to use the narrow lanes such as those from the A12 to Bentwaters via Campsea Ashe or via Eyke and Woodbridge. 11. Participation in local forums such as the EDF Community Forum, JLAG and the AEPAS has failed to convince me that there will be real economic benefits to Suffolk. Few new long-term jobs will be provided, and tourism will decline due to the local environment being downgraded by Sizewell C construction and infrastructure. 12. EDF have not demonstrated co-operation with the other energy providers who want to establish their infrastructure across Suffolk. An opportunity has been missed to develop a co-ordinated, and preferably offshore, energy transfer network. Please see attached”