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My response to SizewellC Consultation 5: road to rail

In response to their last – recent -consultation in the summer, Sizewell produced  some amendments and variations to their plans. As far as Woodbridge was concerned the most important part was the proposal to take  some works traffic off the roads and send it by rail.  Marine delivery was also mentioned.

I responded on your behalf as follows:

In my responses to past consultations tp Sizewell C I have emphasised  – in addition to the damage that will be done to the heritage countryside of East Suffolk by the building of this power station – the damage that is inevitable by the diminishing sustainability of EDF’s freight proposals.

In the last proposal the delivery of this project was intended to be almost wholly road dependent. It seemed that EDF had discounted the only solution that would cause least environmental impact to the county, in the name of causing less environmental impact. However National Planning policy states that waterborne or rail transport should be preferred to road transport at all stages.

Marine delivery: I therefore welcome the proposal for an additional Beach Landing Facility at Sizewell Beach to bring construction materials in by sea. I am interested to see this is now seen as possible when in the past, marine delivery was speedily discounted with the excuse of damage to marine environment.

However this new plan is not well fleshed out.

It also begs the question, why cannot all or most materials be delivered to the site by this means? It would, for example, be helpful it we knew from where EDF is sourcing the construction materials.

If Sizewell has to be built, it could only be done by eliminating the impact of the scheme on Suffolk’s unique and ancient natural environment: minimising, mitigating, or compensating for its destruction is not enough.

The impact on the population has also to be considered along with the countryside.

Rail delivery: The belated mitigation of a road-led strategy by proposals that provide more night trains may help the environment but it will be at the expense of the population who live along the East Suffolk railway line, the residents I represent being among them. Continue reading My response to SizewellC Consultation 5: road to rail