Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

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Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station

Received 13 August 2018
From Brian Horsey


Neither the preliminary work nor the proposed subsequent main work is listed in the 'Wylfa Newydd Project 6.1.2 ES Volume A - Introduction to the project and approach to the EIA A2 - Project overview and introduction to the developments' document published in June 2018.

There was no notice that the work was due to begin. One small sign near the work site outside the village gave me no indication of the scope or timing of any work. There were no public consultation events in our village to show what works were to be undertaken.

Preliminary work has already begun and temporary roads installed, without notice to the village or any signage on site indicating timescale, purposes, etc. I understand a Horizon representative informed one local resident that this work was to last 10-12 weeks.

Public footpaths run through the fields outlined in the proposal. The work already started seems to impact one footpath.
The documents show that 20,000 cubic metres of earth will be removed from the site through the village, either during, or in 3 years after completion of the work. At a full load of 15 cubic metres per tipper lorry, that will mean 1300+ full lorry loads of earth being transported through the village, with 1300+ empty lorries returning to the site for loading, a total of over 2600 lorry journeys. With a 5 day working week that means around 10 journeys a day for 1 year or 20 journeys a day for 6 months through the village down what is predominately a single track road with soft verges, and already in poor condition.Removing 20,000 cubic m of top soil from the site seems to be for financial rather than environmental reasons as while in some places it is referred to as ‘spoil’ it is also referred to as a ‘resource’. It seems unlikely that the soil would be transported to the Wylfa Newydd site for use as the mitigation plan timing is ahead of the construction completion - which suggests it would be sold.

There is no evidence shown that any environmental benefits, locally or wider, of the fen improvement scheme will outweigh the carbon costs and local detriment associated with 2600 diesel lorry movements, personnel traffic, earth-moving and other equipment required for the project, nor any assessment on the possible likely negative effects locally once the work is completed, such as drainage, flooding, and no mention of any affect on adjoining land and consequences for the owners or farmers.