It is a critical time: EDF’s application to build Sizewell C is advancing through the planning process – despite covid – and the government is considering giving financial support.
Help us fight back!
* Join Us. Being part of the campaign is so important right now. Sign up at www.stopsizewellc.org/join to receive regular updates.
* Sign a petition – www.stopsizewellcpetition.com is a joint petition with Together Against Sizewell C and has so far been signed by over 19,000 people. There is also one on the Parliament website, which calls on the government to revoke support for all nuclear “mega-projects’ www.petition.parliament.uk/petitions/325653. Please also oppose a possible new funding model – the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) – under which all UK energy customers would pay an annual sum towards building Sizewell C. Although a year old, this petition from consumer campaign group Sum Of Us is still active. www.actions.sumofus.org/a/no-energy-bill-surcharge-for-new-nuclear
* Write to the Chancellor, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, to urge that the UK government should not take a direct stake in Sizewell C. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org, Dear Chancellor. Some suggested arguments are below , but your message will be much more effective if it is in your own words. Please copy your MP (in Suffolk Coastal this is Therese Coffey MP email@example.com who will only respond if the message to her, rather than cc)
- It would be risky investment given EDF’s poor record at building EPRs on time and on budget
- The £20bn cost is too high. The government has already suffered severe criticism over the Hinkley deal; don’t make the same mistake.
- The government would have to buy out China General Nuclear at even more expense. CGN could not be the UK’s business partner.
- The money would be better spent on green technologies – renewables and green hydrogen
- Sizewell C could not deploy until the mid 2030s, compared to the PM’s target of an extra 30GW (10 Sizewell Cs) by 2030.
- Sizewell C would not offset CO2 emissions from construction until 2040, making no positive contribution to net zero for almost 20 years.
- No other W European nation wants to build EPR reactors besides the catastrophic single projects in France and Finland. Even France, so dependent on nuclear, will make no decisions on new reactors until at least 2022. Why should UK buy what no one else wants?
* Write to Business Secretary The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and tell him Sizewell C is the wrong project at the wrong time in the wrong place. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org, Dear Secretary of State. You can use arguments from our page “Why Stop Sizewell C” . Please copy your MP.
* If you are an East Suffolk or county of Suffolk resident, write to your District Councillor and/or County Councillor and urge them to oppose Sizewell C. Find them here. We have not provided suggested text as your messages will be more impactful if they are unique to you, but you may wish to raise some of the points we make in our “Case Against Sizewell C“.
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*Visit Take Part in the Planning Process for deadlines and details on how to get involved.
* Write letters to the editors of national and local papers about Sizewell C. Contact us on email@example.com if you want tips or someone to fact-check a letter you have written.
EDF, Sizewell C Information Office, 48-50 High Street Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4EW, firstname.lastname@example.org
Suffolk Coastal Member of Parliament: Dr Therese Coffey, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7164. Email: email@example.com
Suffolk County Council (SCC): Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX.
SCC Leader, including Economic Development and Infrastructure: Cllr Matthew Hicks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Leader; Cllr Mary Evans email@example.com
Environment and Public Protection and County Council Lead on Sizewell C: Cllr Richard Rout firstname.lastname@example.org
Highways and Transport & Rural Issues: Cllr Andrew Reid email@example.com
East Suffolk District Council: Melton Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AU or Riverside, 4 Canning Rd, Lowestoft,
Leader & Finances/Resources: Steve Gallant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Leader & Economic Development, and ESC lead on Sizewell C: Craig Rivett, email@example.com
Planning and Coastal Management: David Ritchie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communities, Leisure and Tourism: Leticia Smith, email@example.com
Environment: James Mallinder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transport: Norman Brooks, email@example.com
Please copy any letters to Aldeburgh & Leiston Ward’s three District Councillors: Tony Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org, TJ Haworth Culf Terry-Jill.Haworth-Culf@eastsuffolk.gov.uk, and Jocelyn Bond email@example.com
Planning Inspectorate [PINS], Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, firstname.lastname@example.org