East Suffolk is becoming increasingly important nationally for providing electricity for the nation – with a series of major projects in the pipeline.
Estimates suggest that this area will be responsible for a quarter of the country’s electricity supply by the 2030s.
But the infrastructure projects to generate and produce this electricity obviously have a major effect on the environment and the local communities.
So people in East Suffolk are being urged to take part in the latest round of consultation about one of these proposals – Sizewell C nuclear power station.
In addition to the existing Sizewell B nuclear power stations and sub-stations for the Galloper and Greater Gabbard offshore wind farms, the area is now expecting the Sizewell C nuclear power station plus two sub-stations for Scottish Power Renewables East Anglia Offshore 2 and 1 (North) schemes; two interconnector converter stations for National Grid Ventures and a single major National Grid Transmission substation connecting these to the pylon lines.
The Councils (Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council) state they support the principle of low carbon energy generation and want to help it be delivered, if the local dividend is for the benefit of the whole area.
EDF Energy’s Stage 3 Public Consultation will run for 12 weeks, beginning on Friday, 4 January 2019, and ending on Friday, 29 March 2019.
This gives people the opportunity to see the latest proposals for the new power station, which would be built to the north of Sizewell B. The plans include associated development needed to enable construction, such as park and ride sites and various options for road and rail improvements
This stage of the consultation process will seek views on the development needed to enable construction, and EDF Energy will reveal proposals and various options for road and rail improvements in the area that would be affected by the construction of such development.
SCDC and Suffolk County are key members of the Sizewell C Joint Local Authority Group (JLAG), which was established to facilitate a joint local authority approach to the challenges and opportunities that will result from the construction and operation of the proposed new nuclear power station.
Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Deputy Leader and Chair of Sizewell C Joint Local Authorities Group (JLAG) said:
“The proposed development will obviously bring benefits, creating jobs and inject much-needed investment into the economy, but there will also be disruption to the transport network and local community life.”
“We are committed to holding EDF Energy to account, on behalf of Suffolk people, to make sure that we maximise the benefits to our communities, whilst minimising the adverse impact of the project.”
As well as formulating a common approach between Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council to the Sizewell C New Nuclear development, JLAG is also keen to provide practical help and support to the local town and parish councils.
Cllr Richard Smith, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “Both councils wish to work together to safeguard the fragile, unique environment in east Suffolk, while meeting the understandable desire to maintain our vibrant local economy by creating new jobs and encouraging economic development.”
“Through JLAG, we will be working to provide a co-ordinated response to EDF Energy’s latest proposals for how it will manage this massive national infrastructure project in order to maximise the benefits for local people, while minimising the negative impact on our communities and environment.”
“As part of this, we will be actively working with town and parish councils to provide practical assistance to help them make sure they are in a position to also respond effectively to this consultation and make sure the voices of their communities are heard in this national conversation.”
“JLAG will be contacting the town and parish councils to support them in meeting EDF Energy’s deadlines for detailed responses to its current proposals for Sizewell C.”
Information about the Councils’ engagement so far can be seen at: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/sizewell-nuclear-power-station/
People can submit their views on the Stage 3 Sizewell C Consultation at: http://sizewell.edfenergyconsultation.info/szc-proposals/stage-3/