The Sizewell C Project

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The Sizewell C Project

Received 19 September 2020
From Ivor Murrell

Representation

I wish to register the following concerns about the proposed Sizewell C development: I am opposed to the proposed development on the following grounds: The Site 1. The site identified for Sizewell C is totally unsuited for the size of the development. It is surrounded by designated sites of international and national ecological importance and sites which will be devastated if the project goes ahead. This includes areas of outstanding natural beauty and scientifically important areas. RSPB Minsmere will be compromised, this is a site of national importance. 2. The coastline is already in retreat, and land is being eroded. Forecasts by the Environment Agency predict that Sizewell will be an island in a century where it will be storing lethal spent nuclear fuel as well as operational and decommissioned nuclear reactors. The warning of Fukushima seems to have been completely ignored. 3. The increase in traffic if the project goes ahead is a serious threat to those who live here. More than a thousand HGVs per day, 700 buses and 10,000 cars/vans per day for the entire construction period of between nine and 12 years. This will cause immense problems for the area and misery to thousands. 4. The tourist trade in the area has been built up over many years and is now thriving business bring employment to so many people in the area. This will be very adversely affected if Sizewell C construction goes ahead, tens of millions of pounds of our tourist revenue will be lost 5. EDF estimated 6,000 workers will be needed, which will put excess pressure on local services including the NHS and emergency services. Most of these workers will be from outside the area, many from the Hinkley site. The movement of these workers from the proposed worker camps will mean traffic peaks and significant disturbance. 6. Footpaths which are familiar to and well used by local residents will be closed. 7. The massive increase in HGV movements, light van deliveries and workers’ car journeys will change travel in East Suffolk detrimentally for a decade at least. 'Rat runs' will develop (as per Sizewell A and B) which will cause problems for villagers. 8. EDF's claims for carbon reduction have been seriously challenged. The technology proposed has already been superseded. 9. Millions of litres per day of fresh water will be needed for Sizewell C in an area which is the most water-scarce in the country. General comments 1. The virus pandemic has disrupted the EDF public consultations as well as the document review period and should not have been allowed to proceed. 2. EDF’s documents have consistently been of poor quality and difficult to view.