The Sizewell C Project

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The Sizewell C Project

Received 16 September 2020
From William John Price on behalf of Judith Mary Croton

Representation

THE OBLIGATION OF EDF TO MITIGATE ON THOSE LIVING VERY CLOSE TO THE DEVELOPMENT SITE A GENERAL OBLIGATION The construction of Sizewell C will have a quite devastating impact on Eastbridge, a hamlet less than half a mile from the development site EDF has, over almost nine years and four stage of public consultation, shown a total disregard for the concerns we have expressed about the blight about to descend on us. It has in effect admitted that Eastbridge and Theberton have to be sacrificed as collateral damage. At no point has EDF spoken of any mitigation, compensation or protection that it intends to offer the twin parish of Theberton and Eastbridge. We therefore insist that any grant of the DCO should require that an independent monitoring structure is established to assess the impact.of the construction works, as they progress, on residents who live so close to the development site. EDF should be obliged to take appropriate action to fully mitigate the harmful impacts identified, which will inevitably vary according to their individual personal circumstances, age and location., including providing compensation. TWO SPECIFIC ACTS OF MITIGATION ARE REQUIRED It is already quite clear is that some of the most devastating impacts will be on the B1122 road and we urge that two s specific actions are taken to mitigate these. 1. A ROAD BRIDGE TO ENSURE THAT PRETTY ROAD REMAINS OPEN TO LOCAL TRAFFIC The new Link road will close Moat and Pretty roads to through traffic. Easy access to both Leiston and Saxmundham for essential services is key to to survival in our villages. After the opening of the link road, the volume of traffic will be such that access onto it from the B1122 will become very challenging, and journeys to both towns,will become extremely tortured. The closure of both roads to through traffic will mean there are no alternative routes. To access the link road from the B1122 we will have to compete with streams of the HGVs. After navigating the roundabout at the site entrance, we will then have to cross the new railway line before progressing on to either town. . Without continuing vehicular access via the Pretty Road bridge, residents in will find themselves effectively ‘kettled’ in their villages. It is clear from experiences at Hinkley that journeys that previously y took 5 or 6 minutes can now take up to one hour. This MUST NOT happen here. 2. A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING IN THEBERTON During the two or three year period before the relief road is completed, the volume of traffic on the B1122 will make it almost impossible to move between the village hall, church and pub which are the focal points of village life. There must be a pedestrian crossing, as was proposed at Stage 2 of the public consultation, but which subsequently vanished from EDF's proposals..