Suffolk County: LibDems and Greens lone voices against Sizewell

Conservative and Labour councillors at Suffolk County Council yesterday chose to not oppose the development of Sizewell C, despite acknowledging the irreparable harm it could cause to the Suffolk coastline and economy.

The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group had proposed a motion asking Suffolk County Council to oppose the development of Sizewell C and set up a cross-party panel to consider whether the council should maintain its current ‘in-principle’ support for nuclear power.

However, the motion was lost after both the Conservative and Labour groups stated that they would not support it. There were just 12 votes in favour, 50 against and 4 abstentions.

The LDGI Stop Sizewellc speakers: Cllrs Caroline Page, David Wood (Proposer), Andrew Stringer (Seconder, replacing Elfrede Brambley Crawshaw), Penny Otton, Robert Lindsey, Inga Lockington Note their names & faces.Together with John Field  they made a stand for our future

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My speech:

Colleagues, we represent the people of Suffolk. But, in supporting Sizewell C it is as if their concerns and objections did not exist. 

Why would anyone support it?

Economic benefit?  We’re told Sizewell C will bring in £100m annually.  But the tourist benefit of the Suffolk Coastal AONB, coastal heaths – plus all  the natural environment around is £240m annually. Who will visit a building site?  Sizewell C will lose us money.

We’re told SIzewell will bring local jobs? Yet 75% of the workers will need purpose built accommodation. So, not very local.

Not forgetting Sizewell C will lose Suffolk Coastal  jobs by inflicting permanent damage to the tourist industry the Suffolk coast relies on – and for which it is famed.  Sizewell will trample over an AONB,  damaging a vital resource: the age-old countryside in which it sits.  What an own goal. 

As the sheriff says in Fargo: “All for a little bit of money.”

Our beautiful Suffolk coast is now rebranded the Energy coast. 7% of UK electricity will come from Sizewell. Yet the impact of building and running it will have a 100% impact on the Suffolk coast and its residents. And that impact is negative.

Do remember, the waste from Sizewell C will be stored “temporarily onsite” – just as the waste from Sizewell B is still being stored “temporarily onsite”. They’re still looking for solutions.  What will it cost? Who pays?

So, Suffolk gets to lose maybe £140million a year, for loss of AONB and ancient countryside, while gaining many years’ impact of building works, much additional traffic despite our green commitments, and the longterm problem of nuclear waste.

This is for a power plant that is already obsolete before it is built. With the advance of wind generated energy, the financial case for  nuclear power no longer adds up.

Sizewell does not make economic sense, environmental sense, common sense

Words like ‘mitigation,  compensation’ fall very short of addressing the destruction of an historic way of life for people and environment. When these words get used to describe the wholesale destruction of our countryside and way of life for no apparent gain whatsoever, it is time to halt this idiocy.

Colleagues, we all know Sizewell is a dinosaur. There is no need for us to play Jurassic Park.

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