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The Sizewell C Project
Received 19 September 2020
From Hilary Ward
“1 Site Selection • I believe the project is too big for the site proposed. • Two Nuclear reactors squeezed into 32 hectares is nonsensical. • The site on the fragile Heritage Coast could be at risk from climate change, coastal erosion, and sea level rise and flooding. • The Hamlet of Sizewell, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Dunwich Heath and RSPB Minsmere all neighbouring the site area would be adversely affected visually, environmentally including sound and light pollution. • Eight other uncoordinated energy projects are planned for this Heritage Coast. • The future of storing waste could be of danger to the inhabitants and environment to East Suffolk. • The pleasures enjoyed by local people and tourists of Sizewell Beach will disappear. 2 Community, Economic and social impacts • 2,400 single occupancy in a worker campus on a location that I oppose. • 6,000 workers will come and live in the area, bringing a ‘boom and bust’ scenario. • Employment only to a few local people as site support with no long term career prospects. • Pressure on the private rental sector and local housing with the possibility of price rises. • A loss in relied upon Tourist economy. Road congestion will deter visitors to the Heritage Coast. • Footpaths will be closed. • Farmland destroyed. • Pressure on the health services and the well-being of communities. • Pressure on social and emergency services. • Livelihoods destroyed. • Homes along the B1122 will be blighted. 3 Transport • The addition of between 790/1140 a day of large trucks, over 10,000 car journeys, 700 buses and 700 vans. A massive increase of traffic on the A12 and local ‘B’ roads. • New roads would divide the landscape of community villages and block country lanes. • New roads and Park & Rides would not be completed until year 3, the existing A12, B1122 roads would take the toll. • New roads not a legacy. • New roundabouts will become a congestion and pollution blackspots. • Rat runs would appear all over the area. 4 Environment and Landscape • Pollution from light, noise and traffic. • The proximity, landscape and environment effects to RSPB Minsmere, Dunwich Heath, SSS, ANOB sites. • Impacts on March Harriers, a protected species. • Flood risk. • The effect on Minsmere Sluice. • Water management risks of the build. • Urbanization of the countryside. • Impossible to compensate damage of such a build. • Additional pylons a further blight on the landscape. Will not offset CO2 from construction for at least 6 years. 5 Marine and Coastal processes • Unpredictable rates of erosion. • Marine life ecology. • Flood risks. • The construction areas, campus site, spoil heaps, quarries, haul roads and causeway crossing will threaten the fragile hydrology of the Minsmere Levels and Sizewell Marsh. • The site would not be decommissioned until 2190, but sea level rise could make it and island. I wish to endorse the Relevant Representation submitted by Stop Sizewell C, RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. I wish to state that I consider the Sizewell C application to be totally unsuitable for a digital examination process.”