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The text below is copied from the stage 1 consultation response from Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council.

The original document can be found on the council website via the link here: SIZEWELL C STAGE 1 CONSULTATION

Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council
John Rayner, Town Clerk
Council Offices, Main Street, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4ER

30 January 2013

Dear Mr Mayson,
SIZEWELL C STAGE 1 CONSULTATION
Representations from Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council


SUMMARY
The impacts on local residents and the impacts from the additional traffic are the primary
concerns of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council.
The current Stage 1 consultation lacks fundamental detail.
EDF Energy has not provided sufficient evidence and information at this Stage 1
consultation in order to make informed choices on the options that are being presented.
It is difficult to see how EDF Energy will be able to move forward from the current Stage
1 consultation to Stage 2 without this information being provided. At the same time, it is
also considered that EDF Energy is setting unrealistic timescales for consultation for a
development of this nature and importance.
It is therefore requested that the additional information, particularly the transport related
information and the socio-economic impacts on local residents, be provided by EDF
Energy. The Stage 1 consultation must then be repeated, in order to allow proper and
fair consultation to take place.
If this information is not presented then it is put forward that this Stage 1 consultation
exercise is fundamentally flawed and that EDF Energy have not undertaken their
required responsibilities. It is considered this does not represent ‘adequate consultation’
as is set out as a requirement in their own Statement of Community Involvement. Given
the importance of the proposed development, and the significant investment involved,
Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council would also argue that ‘adequate consultation’ is
simply not good enough.
These duly made representations will therefore be put forward as a matter of public
record for a future independent Planning Inspector to determine whether EDF Energy
has undertaken the correct process and procedure.


1.0 INTRODUCTION
1.1 These representations are made on behalf of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town
Council.
1.2 They represent the views of the elected members of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town
Council.


2.0 NATIONAL ENERGY STATEMENT
2.1 It is the understanding of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council that under the
Government’s National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation (EN-6) 8
sites have been identified that are considered potentially suitable for development
as a nuclear power station.
2.2 It is accepted that Sizewell C is one of these 8 sites that is potentially suitable for
a nuclear power station.
2.3 What remains unclear from National Policy Statement (EN-6) is how many of
these sites are actually needed, the timescales for delivery, and the selection
process that will be involved. It is not apparent that all 8 sites are needed, and it
is not clear if or how the sites will be assessed against one another, or if they will
only be considered as stand-alone applications.
2.4 It is therefore understood that Sizewell C must be considered on its own merits by
an independent Planning Inspector and then the Secretary of State in due course.
2.5 However, it should not be assumed that Sizewell C will automatically be granted
planning permission.
2.6 There is also the fundamental concern of locating so much of the country’s power
supply in one area. Loss of transmission could lead to grid instability.
2.7 With this in mind, Leiston Town Council cannot support the proposal for a nuclear
power station at Sizewell C until the issues set out in these representations are
fully addressed.

3.0 LOCATION OF LEISTON AND SIZEWELL
3.1 Leiston is a small town that is adjoined by the hamlet of Sizewell, with a collective
population of 5,400. It is located on the coast between Lowestoft and Felixstowe.
Leiston is served by a variety of shops, public houses, cafes, and restaurants. It
also has its own recognised football club in the Ryman Football League, and
leisure centre.
3.2 Although not a recognised seaside town, the proximity to the coast means that
residents and visitors to Leiston and Sizewell enjoy excellent access to the
amenities offered by having the coastline on their doorstep. This includes access
to the beach for recreation including walking, dog walking, and swimming.
3.3 The impacts on their current amenities, and the impacts from the additional traffic,
that are associated with the proposed development of Sizewell C, are the major
concerns for the residents of Leiston and Sizewell.
3.4 These impacts are of particular concern for Leiston and Sizewell during the
construction period.


4.0 LOSS OF AMENITY FACILITIES
4.1 Leiston and Sizewell are all too familiar with the development of nuclear power
stations. The town and hamlet have already seen the developments of Sizewell A
followed by Sizewell B grow up around them.
4.2 If the development is to be granted permission by the Secretary of State, then
Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council wants to ensure that the lessons of the past
are learned from and not repeated.
4.3 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is particularly concerned about the impact on
the beach, which includes the loss and restriction of access and public rights of
way, including access to the beach from the Kenton Hills and Goose Hills Walks.
4.4 Access to the public beach is a fundamental right of residents and visitors alike,
this is going to be severely restricted with the proposal for Sizewell C.
4.5 Although EDF Energy are suggesting that public access will still be permitted
along the length of beach in front of the proposed Sizewell C site during the
construction period, it is the size and manner of this restriction that is of concern.
4.6 During the construction of Sizewell B a high chain-link fence with barbed wire on
the top was used along the length of the restricted beach area. For Sizewell B
this demarcated public footpath measured approximately 4m wide.
4.7 The fencing arrangement used during the construction of Sizewell B was poorly
planned, and ultimately considered unsuccessful by local residents. Restrictions
on the beach meant that walkers were corralled into walking significant distances
in tight and restricted spaces, hemmed in on either side by high security fencing,
and surrounded on either side by plant and machinery associated with Sizewell B.
This created a less than pleasant walking environment, with spoilt and interrupted
views, that was also considered unsafe by many. This is in comparison to the
pleasant and open nature that should be enjoyed along the beach front.
4.8 It is considered that any restrictions being proposed would have an impact on
people’s ability to enjoy the beach as it has and should be used. Ultimately, it
would result in less people using the beach for recreational purposes.
4.9 It must be remembered that some of the local economy benefit from public
access to the beach, such as local cafes, restaurants, and shops attracting
passing trade. If residents or visitors decide they are unable to access the beach
for their preferred recreational uses as they have previously enjoyed, then they
may choose to visit elsewhere. Therefore, Sizewell C and particularly any
restrictive access to the beach will be having a direct impact on local businesses
of Leiston and Sizewell.
4.10 Any restrictive access measures being proposed could themselves increase
possible safety concerns, caused by the limited width of access for a long stretch
of the beach. If less people decide to use the beach for recreational purposes
because of the restrictions outlined, this will only increase the safety issue with
less ‘natural surveillance’.
4.11 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council believes that EDF Energy must carefully
consider any proposed arrangement for restrictions of the beach, particularly the
size of access being proposed. 4m is considered to be far too restrictive, and
should be at least 6m wide as a minimum, in order to allow a sense of openness,
and allow for passing ‘traffic’. This would go some way to improving and
softening the appearance of any restrictions, both on access and views. It would
also appear to provide a much safer option. Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council
would welcome the opportunity to discuss any proposed designs for beach
restrictions with EDF Energy.
4.12 It is noted that the existing track along the beach front is being used by the Civil
Nuclear Constabulary. There is concern that EDF Energy will seek to use this
existing track to access the rear of the site proposed for Sizewell C. Leiston-cum-
Sizewell Town Council are keen to ensure that this existing track is not used by
any vehicles to access the beach, other than security vehicles. This must be
formally agreed in writing by EDF Energy as part of the any future development of
the site.
4.13 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council also remains concerned about the impacts on
the surrounding environment, including the Ramsar site of European importance,
and the SSSI site of regional importance. The impact on other local heritage
assets, such as Leiston Abbey, also needs to be fully considered.
4.14 The laydown area being proposed by EDF Energy is of a significant size, which
will have an impact on its surrounding area. The Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town
Council have also identified several areas that must not be used as a laydown
area, as is currently being proposed by EDF Energy. These include the area that
overlooks Minsmere and the Minsmere Chapel ruins, the area of Lovers Lane that
overlooks Leiston Abbey, and at Sizewell Gap that is locally identified as ‘Pill Box
Field’.

5.0 SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS
5.1 Any further development of Sizewell will have a knock-on-effect on Leiston. This
may bring some benefits, through employment and business, but it will also have
many detrimental effects to residents, public amenities, local amenities and some
local businesses.
5.2 EDF Energy must provide an overall strategy for dealing with the socio-economic
effects associated with the proposed Sizewell C development. This does not
appear to have been considered by EDF Energy.
5.3 Further development at Sizewell will require appropriate consideration with the
emergency services. Additional risks associated with the construction and
operation should be identified ahead of the project to enable adequate planning,
resourcing, training, site familiarisation and equipment provisions for the
emergency services. Any extra resources must be specifically bought in and
must remain earmarked for the development. There should be absolutely no
dilution whatsoever of current resources before, during, and after construction. In
the case of the police this should include extra personnel and vehicles
permanently attached to the Leiston Safer Neighbourhood Team, and a small
response team based at Leiston Police Station. Evidential CCTV around the town
(including residential areas if KGA accommodation approved) should be installed
(not monitored) to protect workers and residents alike. A small custodial centre
may also be needed closer than Martlesham.
5.4 Previous experience with Sizewell has proved that the new jobs associated with
the Sizewell C proposal will have an impact on the local job market. It is expected
that EDF Energy will seek to employ a significant proportion of local people. Fair
and equal opportunities need to be applied to recruitment for the Leiston-cum-
Sizewell communities. Although it is noted that Sizewell C will have a potential
effect on some local employers, Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council expects the
local area to benefit from the employment opportunities that must be provided.
5.5 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council also wants to see EDF Energy make positive
contributions towards education in the area. This could be through improvements
to math’s and sciences in primary and high schools, offering training and
apprenticeships, and improving the access and knowledge to the profession of
engineering. EDF Energy would be turning Sizewell into a highly specialized and
technical area for several decades to come, therefore it would be only appropriate
that they should look to pass some of these skills and knowledge into the local
area. This is seen as mutually beneficial, and the Town Council wishes to
discuss this further with EDF Energy.
5.6 There is also concern about how EDF Energy proposes to gradually run-down
their employees after the peak of construction, as this will equally have an impact
on Leiston.


6.0 COMMUNITY BENEFITS
6.1 Leiston and Sizewell are going to be significantly affected by any development at
Sizewell. These include direct and indirect impacts on local amenities and local
businesses.
6.2 Should the proposal for Sizewell C be approved in the future, Leiston-cum-
Sizewell would expect to see a series of specific community benefits explored and
implemented to alleviate the impacts and disruption on the amenities currently
enjoyed by the residents and visitors of Leiston and Sizewell.
6.3 There needs to be improved footpaths and cycleways to improve the linkages
between Leiston, Sizewell, and the surrounding area.
6.4 From a wider perspective there should be improvements to the household waste
recycling centre, up-grading of the library, improvements to the swimming pool
and community centre, the town’s public conveniences, and the town centre in
general. All such facilities will be subject to an increased level of usage by
Sizewell related employment.
6.5 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council would therefore expect the opportunity to
discuss with EDF Energy the possibilities for improvements to their community.
This must take the form of a joined up approach with the Town Council, residents,
and other organisations, in order to achieve the best collective solutions for the
area. For example, this stage would include discussions with the police who are
keen to support additional CCTV in the town. The police may also require further
up-grades to their existing facilities. The Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Appraisal
2011 should form an integral part of these discussions.
6.6 Further information on the community benefits and improvements being put
forward by Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is set out in Appendix 1. This sets
out the Town Council’s assessment of immediate and long-term requirements,
and should be used as the basis for any further discussions with EDF Energy on
this particular issue.


7.0 TRANSPORT
7.1 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is in favour of EDF Energy’s proposed
transport hierarchy: sea – rail – road. However, the lack of information on each of
these transport mediums means this aspect of the consultation is flawed.
7.2 It is difficult to determine, with any degree of certainty, the impacts from each of
the proposed transport options being proposed when there is clear lack of detail
provided at this stage.
7.3 It is suggested that sea and then rail will be main forms of transporting freight to
and from the Sizewell C site, but no details are provided. Yet, there is some
limited information provided on road movements, which appears to be enough for
EDF Energy to state there will be ‘only a modest addition to daily traffic flows’
(para 7.3.4 of the Transport Strategy). It is suggested that there is insufficient
information on all transport matters for EDF Energy to be making these
assumptions at this stage.

Freight by Sea
7.4 EDF Energy state that a significant proportion of the delivery of freight will be by
sea. The use of the sea is supported.
7.5 However, there is almost no information provided with this consultation in relation
to how the sea is to be utilised. There is insufficient information to allow an
accurate assessment of delivery of freight by sea, rail and road to be undertaken.
7.6 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is also concerned at the jetty that is being
proposed. The size, scale, design and construction need to be understood before
a full assessment of its impacts on the existing visual amenity can be made.
7.7 It is noted in section 8 of the Transport Strategy that the “Jetty Proposals” will
form part of the Development Consent Order Application. It is considered this will
be too late in the process, and if EDF Energy is to undertake ‘adequate preapplication
consultation’ it is suggested this level of detail should have been
supplied in advance of the application.

Freight by Rail
7.8 EDF Energy states that rail will play an important role in the delivery of freight
during the construction of Sizewell C. The use of this existing form of transport is
also supported.
7.9 In this instance, only very limited information has been provided by EDF Energy.
If properly considered and designed it is felt that direct links into the Sizewell site
via rail would not only assist with the transport of freight during construction, but it
could also assist beyond construction as well. Rail could also be used to assist
with the transport of workers to and from the site, and it is strongly urged this is
explored further.
7.10 In relation to EDF Energy’s proposed route options for extending the
Saxmundham-Leiston Branch Line (set out in Figure 6.3 of the Transport
Strategy), the Blue Route is the preferred option of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town
Council. However, environmental issues must still be overcome.
7.11 Although this will have some visual impact on the surrounding countryside, the
Blue Route is considered a better overall option as it goes directly into the
Sizewell site, and will have less impact on the existing residential properties of
Leiston, especially if there are some night freight movements.
7.12 The Green and Red Routes would both have steep gradients to overcome, and
both come much closer to residents of Leiston.
7.13 It is positive that EDF Energy have acknowledged the issues of passing
residential properties in Leiston (para 6.7.19 of the Transport Strategy). However,
Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is concerned at the reference to “some freight
train movements may need to occur at night”. The amount and frequency of
‘night movements’ does not appear to be documented within EDF Energy’s
consultation material, and it is felt this should be provided for a complete
understanding of all possible options. It was also considered important that all
crossings must be fully automated, and the track doubled between Saxmundham
and Wickham Market instead of the proposed loop at Wickham Market. This
would allow greater flexibility.

Freight by Road
7.14 EDF Energy openly acknowledges that there is going to be additional traffic on
the surrounding roads as a result of Sizewell C. This will consist of HGVs, buses,
vans, and private cars that will be associated with construction materials and
employees with the proposal during the construction period and beyond.
7.15 Although the proposed routes do not pass through the centre of Leiston it is fair to
say that the proposed development Sizewell C will have significant traffic impact
on Leiston, which must be understood.

i) Workers
7.16 During peak construction, EDF Energy estimate that the workforce would be
around 5,600 workers. EDF Energy estimate that approximate 34% of these will
be home-based workers, and 66% will be non-home-based workers.
7.17 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is particularly concerned about the potential
‘informal’ car parking that may take place in and around Leiston and Sizewell.
There is a genuine fear that some workers may opt to drive closer to work instead
of using the ‘park and ride’ system. EDF Energy needs to set out how or if they
intend to monitor or control their workforce using their cars, and what they intend
to do about ‘informal parking’.
7.18 It must also be remembered that the non-home-based-workers will also have the
freedom to travel when they are not at work. They will likely use their own
vehicles or walk into surrounding areas for personal or leisure use. Previous
developments at Sizewell have resulted in serious ‘anti-social’ behaviour in the
town, which must not be allowed to happen again. A shuttle bus service would
alleviate some of these problems.

ii) Buses
7.19 The idea of park-and-ride is a positive one, which should in theory remove some
potential private vehicle traffic from the roads surrounding Leiston and Sizewell. It
would be useful if EDF Energy could give evidence of a successful ‘park and ride’
scheme they have been involved in.
7.20 It has been estimated that there will be over 200 bus movements per day, which
is likely to create a constant flow of buses throughout the day to accommodate
the varied shift patterns. As stated in paragraph 7.6.3 of the Transport Strategy,
EDF Energy believes that spreading the workforce shift patterns throughout the
day will avoid network peaks.
7.21 It is a fact that buses frequently hold up traffic and cause congestion. This is
likely to increase congestion on the surrounding road networks, which will have
an impact on residents, businesses, and visitors to Leiston and Sizewell, and how
they get about their daily business.


iii) Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)
7.22 EDF Energy has estimated that at the peak of construction there could be up to
600 additional Heavy Good Vehicle (HGVs) movements per day.
7.23 As with the issue of buses, HGVs will cause congestion to the surrounding road
networks which will have a knock-on effect to the residents and businesses of
Leiston and Sizewell.
7.24 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is also interested to understand the methods
EDF Energy plan to use to control the HGVs both into and out of the Sizewell site.
Noise and Vibration
7.25 The issue of noise and vibration in relation to local communities is of significant
importance. Any assessment of the options is unable to be fully undertaken
without this information at this early consultation stage.
7.26 An appropriate noise and air quality assessment is therefore required to be
prepared and consulted on before any decision can be taken on any of the
options being proposed in the Stage 1 consultation. It would be erroneous to
provide this information after decisions have already been taken.


Overall Traffic Assessment
7.27 It is considered that the steady stream of additional traffic throughout the days,
weeks, months, and years during the construction of Sizewell C and beyond is
going to have some impact on Leiston and Sizewell.
7.28 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council does not want any Sizewell C traffic to pass
through Knodishall and Leiston. Designated routes must be discussed and
agreed with EDF Energy, which must include an explanation of methods to be
used for enforcing this.
7.29 The additional HGVs and buses, the potential for ‘informal car parking’, and the
unknown late night running of freight train, are of particular concern to Leistoncum-
Sizewell Town Council.
7.30 EDF Energy has provided limited transport information, notably on the expected
impacts with what they are proposing. Noise and vibration must be fully and
properly explored before any decisions on any of the options can be taken. If this
information is not provided in a timely fashion then a full assessment of all of the
options presented will not be possible.
7.31 Any transport options for sea, rail or road, must be accompanied by a full
environmental assessment which considers the impacts of any proposal. Until all
of the options are set out, including the appropriate assessments of these options,
then people cannot provide an informed view to this consultation process, and
equally EDF Energy should not be allowed to progress further to a preferred
options stage.


8.0 EDF ENERGY OPTIONS
8.1 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council has the following comments to make on the
different options presented in the consultation material that have an impact on
both Leiston and Sizewell.


Visitor Centre
8.2 The proposals to include a permanent visitor centre for Sizewell is considered to
be positive, and is welcomed.
8.3 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council’s preference is for the existing visitor centre
at Sizewell B to be reused as this would represent the most efficient use of land
and resources, and ideally not a further greenfield site. It is noted that the
existing centre has not been included as a possible option, and the Town Council
would like a full explanation from EDF Energy why this site has not been
considered for consultation.
8.4 Following a full and proper explanation, if re-using the existing centre is not
possible, then the Town Council consider that any visitor centre should be located
in close proximity to the Sizewell site, and should ideally be easily accessible to
both walkers and cyclists. This would offer the most sustainable option, rather
than being reliant on private transport.
8.5 The option for Lover’s Lane is therefore not considered to be the best or most
practical option, due to its location, its remoteness, and its limited walking and
cycling options.
8.6 Any temporary or permanent visitor centre must be carefully designed to a high
quality and standard, which must be sympathetic to its surroundings. The Town
Council would expect to be party to any further discussions in relation to the
visitor centre, including siting and design.


Accommodation
8.7 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is particularly concerned at the size of the
accommodation sites that are being proposed. It is considered that the approach
EDF Energy is currently following of having all 3,000 workers on one site is a
flawed approach. The Town Council believe this will lead to significant problems
and issues, for both the selected campus and on nearby towns and villages, such
as Leiston.
8.8 The impacts of the proposed accommodation campuses on nearby towns such as
Leiston does not appear to have been fully considered by EDF Energy. It must
be remembered that Leiston has existing experience of the socio-economic
impacts associated with living next to a nuclear power station, and the particular
difficulties encountered during the construction period.
8.9 There will be impacts on Leiston’s infrastructure as a result of any of the proposed
accommodation campuses, which needs to be carefully considered. The off-duty
workforce will have access to private vehicles and will undoubtedly visit Leiston
for a variety of different reasons. Currently, Leiston will not be able to physically
absorb the demands of Sizewell’s off-duty workforce. Therefore, the impacts on
Leiston must be fully assessed and understood, with any necessary
improvements factored into the consideration of the different options being
proposed.
8.10 Currently, none of the proposed campus accommodation sites are considered to
be suitable, and Options 2 and 3 are completely inappropriate.
8.11 All three options are considered to be too large if intention is to house the entire
workforce on one site. Option 2, identified as the Sizewell Gap option, is
unsuitable because of its environmental impacts on the local important landscape.
Option 3 is considered wholly inappropriate due to its proximity and direct impact
on Leiston.
8.12 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council considers that there is merit in building some
permanent accommodation in appropriate locations. Further discussions with
EDF Energy would be welcomed on this issue.
8.13 The preferred approach of Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council is for several
smaller campus sites, which are located further away from the Sizewell plant.
EDF Energy must therefore look to explore further options in the wider area
before being able to move forward with a preferred choice for the accommodation
campus(s).
8.14 Splitting the accommodation over several smaller campuses will reduce the direct
impacts on any one particular nearby town or village. If appropriately located, the
campuses could also offer the workforce a wider choice of recreation options, for
example if there was a campus accommodation that was easily accessible to
Ipswich or Lowestoft.
8.15 Proposing campuses further away from the Sizewell plant should also increase
the usage of the proposed ‘park and ride’ facilities. This would increase the
amount of buses through certain towns and villages, but this would be preferable
to a significantly larger number of cars. Although this may not appear most
practical to EDF Energy who may prefer their workforce living almost ‘on-site’,
from an environmental and sustainable aspect this is more acceptable. It would
also show a level of understanding and co-operation between developer and local
residents, who need to continue to live and work together if they are to move
forward.
8.16 It is currently difficult to visualise exactly what the campus accommodation will
eventually look like and the impacts they will have the landscape and
environment, and EDF Energy have not provided that level of detail with this initial
consultation. This must follow shortly before any decisions on preferred locations
are made.
8.17 Any accommodation campus, wherever it/they are eventually located, must be
built to a high standard of quality and design, as these will be a feature on the
Suffolk landscape for a number of years.


Park and Ride
8.18 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council considers that none of the proposed ‘park
and ride’ sites are currently suitable, as they are all on greenfield sites. Other
brownfield sites should be considered first, and it is unclear what assessment
EDF Energy had made prior to arriving at the north and south options.
8.19 More information on the current ‘park and ride’ options is required. It is also
considered that additional sites, further away from the current north and south
options, must also be considered as part of this process, as all of the possibilities
have not been fully explored.
8.20 The Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council are adamant there should be no
additional traffic through Leiston.
8.21 The Town Council are therefore very interested to understand how EDF Energy
plans to manage the traffic to and from the Sizewell site and the park and ride
sites. A possible ‘vehicle number plate recognition’ system may be one possible
way to monitor additional traffic on the town that EDF Energy suggest will not be
there. The Town Council would like the opportunity to discuss this further with
EDF Energy.
8.22 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council reserves the right to comment on the
preferred ‘park and ride’ locations in the future, when more detail must be
provided.


Lorry Parks
8.23 It is considered that the Orwell Lorry Park (Options 1 and 2) represent the best
and most sensible options. This is due to their location, their proximity to the A14,
and the limited environmental impacts that would be associated with any
development at this site.


Transport Improvements
8.24 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council has been considering the options for
highways improvement that are currently being put forward by EDF Energy at this
Stage 1 consultation.
8.25 It is noted that any potential transport improvements must properly consider the
emergency services, so that any potential impacts are understood. The Town
Council would therefore welcome assurances from EDF Energy that the
emergency services are being properly considered.
8.26 The B1122 is a vital transport route into the Sizewell site, and it is considered that
it will need some considerable improvements to be able to continue to serve the
nuclear power station well into the future. The Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town
Council is therefore particularly keen to understand how EDF Energy proposes to
manage the necessary upgrading works required for the B1122.
8.27 However, it is important to remember that the current EDF options do not
represent all of the options that have been previously explored and put forward,
either as part of earlier proposals for Sizewell or as other options for highways
improvements in the area.
8.28 Sizewell has significant history, and various options have been discussed at
different stages of development. The proposals for Sizewell C are going to have
a significant impact on transport and traffic in the surrounding area, therefore all
options needs to be fully considered on the same and equal footing, in order that
informed decisions can be taken.
8.29 All earlier options must therefore also be explored as part of this Stage 1
consultation, even if it can be explained why they are not possible or practical to
be considered.
8.30 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council previously supported a route that offered
improvements to the B1119, which was being discussed in 1988 as part of the
“Sizewell Power Station Highways Improvement Proposals” consultation. This
was known as Route D2, linking the Sizewell site to the A12 in the north. This
remains an option as it would relieve traffic issues through the town. The Town
Council would like this to be considered as part of the options for highways
improvements or else a full explanation from EDF Energy as to why this option is
no longer applicable for consideration. Exploration of route D2 may also alleviate
some of the problems with the B1122.
8.31 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council remains unconvinced about the merits of the
improvements to the Farnham Bends that are currently being proposed.
8.32 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council would also support the inclusion of the
previous “Four Villages Bypass” within EDF Energy’s proposals, as part of further
consultation. In order to make a full and proper assessment at this stage, all of
the possible options need to be set and explored before any decision can be
reached. It is considered that EDF Energy have currently only presented a limited
selection of the possible options for the road improvements in the area.


9.0 EVIDENCE
9.1 These representations have largely concentrated on localised amenity impacts
and traffic impacts that will be associated with the proposed development of
Sizewell C.
9.2 It has been highlighted that there are some significant omissions within the EDF
Energy information at this Stage 1 Consultation that is needed in order to provide
a full and correct assessment of the options presented.
9.3 Additional transport related information must include:
 Details of how ‘the sea’ will be used with the delivery of freight;
 Details of the jetty proposals;
 Details for new road construction, instead of ‘lines on maps’;
 Construction management strategy;
 Details drawings for consideration;
 Details of how EDF Energy propose to deal with Leiston River, with part of the
proposed development being shown to be built over part of the river as there
is serious concern about potential flooding in the area as a result. A full
Environmental Assessment will be required for any future application;
 More widely circulated information on coastal processes, as part of the
evidence base and not just part of the consultation process;
 Improved rail information;
 What happens in case of an emergency?;
 How the construction is to be managed;
 The hours of vehicle movements;
 Monitoring of workforce vehicles;
 Assessment of non-Sizewell related vehicle movements;
 Impacts on local people, and how these are to be managed;
 Understand the impacts on the emergency services;
 What investigations have been carried out in depositation and erosion;
 Noise and air quality assessments;
 Consideration of impacts on the local communities and their infrastructure;
 The decommissioning of the temporary accommodation, such as the ‘park and
ride’ sites needs to be set out;
 How long is the ‘spent fuel’ to be stored? A clear strategy needs to be set out;
 Assessment of impacts on tourism.
9.4 The overall land-take is also fundamentally questioned, as is EDF Energy’s
assumption that the temporary uses will only last for 10 years. With the current
experience of Sizewell B, Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council would suggest in
reality the temporary uses will last closer to 30 years. Further information in the
temporary uses is therefore also requested.
9.5 There are serious issues concerning Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council
regarding potable water. It is unclear from the information provided what the
actual intake of water associated with Sizewell C is going to be, and how much
will be needed for the reactors. Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council has been
informed that, with the intake of Sizewell B, the potable water situation in the area
is currently only just in balance. Detailed drawings of how EDF Energy also plans
to deal with the River Leiston also need to be clearly set out for consideration.
Issues of drainage and run-off highlighted by the Minsmere Levels Stakeholder
Group (of which the Town Council is a prominent member) must also be set out.
These water issues must be discussed further with EDF Energy, Essex and
Suffolk Water, and the Environment Agency.
9.6 EDF Energy must not be able to move forward to a ‘preferred option stage’ (Stage
2) until this information is presented.
9.7 It is considered that this information and evidence may influence opinion towards
one option or another, by demonstrating that one option is actually better or worse
than the others.
9.8 Overall, Leiston-cum-Sizewell feel the information and evidence provided by EDF
Energy falls significantly short of what is required for this stage of pre-application
consultation. A lot of questions remain unanswered, and decisions on the options
presented cannot be taken until this is provided.


10.0 CONSULTATION PROCESS
10.1 It considered the current consultation process has been too short and is lacking in
significant amounts of detail.
10.2 It is accepted this is the start of the consultation process, but EDF Energy must
not be permitted to move towards any preferred options, which is being referred
to as ‘Stage 2’ in the consultation process, on the amount of information that has
currently been provided.
10.3 Need to maintain continuing dialogue with EDF Energy.

11.0 CONCLUSIONS
11.1 Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council cannot support the proposals for a further
nuclear power station at Sizewell until the impact on amenities and traffic are
resolved in relation to Leiston and Sizewell.
11.2 The proposals will impact on people’s ability to fully utilise existing public
amenities. EDF Energy must fully set out how these are to be addressed, which
must involve direct engagement with the Town Council, local residents, and local
businesses.
11.3 Impacts on the beach, public rights of way, and areas of local, regional and
international importance from a heritage and environmental perspective, must all
be fully and appropriately considered.
11.4 Issues associated with previous developments at Sizewell, including the loss and
restrictions on public rights of way, and anti-social issues associated with such
large scale development, must all be correctly addressed. The issues identified
with previous stages of development of Sizewell should not be allowed to be
repeated.
11.5 EDF Energy must provide an overall strategy for dealing with the socio-economic
effects associated with the proposed Sizewell C development.
11.6 All transport options, particularly road improvement options, must be fully
explored. This must include the previous route D2, and the “Four Villages
bypass”.
11.7 Above all, any development at Sizewell C must seek to maintain a very high
standard of design. The benchmark has been set with Sizewell B, and Sizewell C
must seek to go beyond this in design terms as this is going to be a significant
focal point on the landscape in this area for generations to come. The visual
impact and intrusion into this important and heavily protected area must be
carefully managed
11.8 Overall, it is considered that insufficient evidence and information, particularly
transport information, has been provided to allow a full and proper assessment of
the options presented at the Stage 1 consultation.


Yours sincerely
J. M. Rayner
Town Clerk

APPENDIX 1


Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council – Immediate and long-term community
requirements.

It is believed that this project is of such a scale and is of such national significance that
the normal criteria for Section 106 considerations is not sufficient to compensate the
Parish of Leiston-cum-Sizewell for hosting and accommodating the vast majority of the
disruption and inconvenience that will accompany the build. The long term legacy of an
access road across the AONB, a large prominent industrial complex on the heritage
coast, also in the AONB, plus the plans to store spent fuel in the Parish for an indefinite
period are also factors that need mitigation through various immediate compensatory
measures and a long term community fund.
The Town Council appreciate that the legal framework for such matters will be through
the Principal Councils but would request that strong support be shown by EDF to
Leiston-cum-Sizewell’s aspiration for a certain percentage of any long term community
fund to be protected and earmarked for post code IP16 in which the whole of the works
will sit. The Town Council however is willing to administer any local fund should that be
considered a better alternative.
Items that would help alleviate the impact of Sizewell C and meet resident’s needs (as
shown in last year’s Town Appraisal) are listed briefly below for further discussion with
EDF and the Principal Councils.
The current Community Centre is a legacy Day Centre for the nearby sheltered
accommodation and can only seat 60 people. It cannot even host Sizewell Stakeholder
Group Meetings. The Community has asked for another Centre to be built capable of
hosting dances, badminton and all the other activities one would expect to happen in a
Community Centre. The site of choice would be the Middle School Playing Field which is
close to the Town Centre and where the grounds could be easily turned over for outdoor
activities as well (all weather, tennis courts etc.) as part of the ongoing schools
reorganisation in Suffolk.
Mentioned in the report, Dinsdale Road Toilets need replacing with a modern facility that
could remain open 24/7 (currently closed at 6pm). This is the tourist and transport hub of
the town and centre of the night time economy.
The changing rooms and certain other facilities at the Leisure Centre, provided by British
Energy with the B station, are in need of a major revamp and this would be very useful
for off duty campus residents to take advantage of too if completed in good time.
Cycle paths – essential along the B1122 should no alternative be found to using this
route. From Lovers Lane through to the Westleton turn off at least and would have to be
inside the fields probably. This would allow the good links to be maintained with the
Suffolk Cycle Routes.
Enhancement of the cycle path to Sizewell and help with refurbishment of the Beach
Cafe and facilities there.
Engagement with the Industrial heritage of the Parish by becoming involved with the
Leiston Works Railway Project and looking at ways to possibly leave an impressive
legacy from the rail works proposed for the construction.
Provide an extension to the Film Theatre to upgrade the changing facilities to allow large
shows to be put on. This would benefit residents and workers alike throughout
construction. It would also allow good breakout and post conference facilities should
EDF wish to use the venue during construction.
The Council Offices and Library are a good community building which sorely need
upgrading and a lift installed. Suffolk Coastal District Council own the premises but it is
an aspiration for Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council to gain the Freehold when
circumstances allow. EDF’s help in this would be very beneficial.
It is expected that the County Council will cover many Highways issues but there are
some works in the Town Centre which would make travel, shopping and recreation
much more accessible and pleasing. Various ideas for pedestrianisation and one way
systems have been modelled and the increase in economic and social activity in the
town might benefit from revisiting these.
Finally, it would be appreciated if EDF could fund the works needed to strengthen the
beach path that the Civil Nuclear Police use along the current stations frontage as this
will protect the dunes etc. from further erosion.
It has to be mentioned as it is always raised. Would there be any way a scheme could
be put in place for EDF to provide free or vastly discounted electricity to residents
around the EDF plants for the duration of their generation life?

Category: Stage 1 Consultation Responses