French energy giant EDF Energy has submitted a proposal to build a new power station at Sizewell, adjoining two existing power stations Sizewell A and Sizewell B. The site lies in the heart of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and right next to the RSPB’s flagship reserve at Minsmere. EDF Energy says that Sizewell C has “the potential to generate the reliable low carbon energy the country needs for decades“, while opponents say the development will “lay waste” to vast swathes of the countryside – much of which is legally protected.
Charlie Moores went to Suffolk to talk with ecologist Tom Langton, Rachel Fulcher, coordinator of the Suffolk Coastal Group of Friends of the Earth, former local councillor Joan Girling, and Adam Rowlands, Senior Site Manager at RSPB Minsmere to get their take on what Sizewell C would mean to the local environment and to local communities.
“…buildling a roadway – a permanent roadway – across an AONB – with lorries, diesel, men, litter, rubbish – it beggars belief – it’s breaking my heart…”
Sizewell C and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB | Tom Langton, Rachel Fulcher, Joan Girling, and Adam Rowlands
Header image of the shingle beach at the Sandlings with Sizewell A and B by Charlie Moores