TASC’s initial opinion of the EDF 3rd stage consultation is that it is ‘vague to the point of being misleading.’ Pete Wilkinson, the group’s chairman, said today, ‘This is the last chance before the Development Consent Order for people of east Suffolk to submit their views about how the proposed EDF development will affect their lives. ‘The glossy consultation brochure states baldly that, ‘An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process is on-going and is being used to identify any likely significant effects arising as a result of Sizewell C’ (emphasis added). This renders the document premature and deliberately vague to the point of being misleading. How can people therefore judge whether they feel the impacts are acceptable or not when the developer itself does not know to what degree and in which areas the environment will be degraded? Consultees are being asked, in effect, how they want the deck chairs arranged on the Titanic. TASC believes we should not embark on the Titanic at all and we encourage all those who agree with us to write to EDF, Dr Coffey and Greg Clark, the government minister responsible for this unnecessary monstrosity on our precious coast, to tell them so.’ TASC’s opinion is that very little of significance has changed since the 2nd consultation. The “Road-Led” vs “Rail-Led” strategies appear to be no more than a red herring to distract from the overriding fact that Sizewell C will have a devastating and unacceptable impact on the Suffolk coastal community. This is a rural area lacking in the type of infrastructure needed to construct such a massive industrial complex. It is this lack of major roads and railway lines that has made this area a mecca for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and those that just enjoy the peace and tranquility of a beautiful landscape. There is no doubt that the monstrous folly of Sizewell C will put all this, and the vibrant and sustainable tourist industry that has developed around it, at risk.
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