The Sizewell C Project

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The Sizewell C Project

Received 09 September 2020
From Heather McConville

Representation

I am deeply concerned that EDF proposals for Sizewell C will severely affect me, and the Marlesford and surrounding community throughout the anticipated 12 year construction period. Despite the fact that the project would bring some benefits for local jobs and businesses, these would be far outweighed by the enormous disruption and environmental damage which would inevitably occur. A thorough DCO examination should be held where the public can attend IN PERSON and if the Sizewell C examination has to be delayed until then, PINS should comply. The proposed location of the Southern Park and Rice is totally inappropriate. It would create a hideous blot on the rural landscape and no adequate screening is planned. How will lighting and drainage be controlled? Ten meter light columns would be utterly unacceptable and our treasured night skies would be utterly destroyed. What about air pollution from increased traffic, and dust in the atmosphere and noise during the operational phase? Mature oaks on the site must be left untouched. The proposed design for a two-village bypass is disastrous as there appears to be no way it could at a later stage be joined up with a much-needed Marlesford/Little Glemham bypass, so Marlesford residents would have to endure ongoing increasing volumes of traffic for years. Living in Marlesford, there is no way of avoiding the Bell Lane/A 12 junction where one can sit in ones car sometimes for ten minutes or more trying to "get out". Catching a train from Wickham Market station is deeply stressful as one never knows how much extra time to allow to get there. This problem on the A12 will only dramatically increase with the extra proposed 1000 HVG movements a day. What about the cumulative traffic effects we will experience when Scottish Power's Friston project will be up and running at the same time? The A12 is busy enough. It cannot cope with any more traffic. I feel sorry for those living in Wickham Market which gets more and more congested, especially near the Post Office, with people trying to go to the surgery, library and local shops, Why was the marine-led option considered unfeasible? Why was the rail-led option not seriously considered? There are ongoing problems and delays at other EDF sites, in France and in Finland, which should provide enough evidence that Sizewell C should not be allowed. And the funding uncertainties only add to this opinion. I am also deeply worried about ecological impact Sizewell C construction will have. Our wildlife and nature reserves are something to be maintained at all costs.