21 JAN 2019

East Suffolk Extra Column - 18th January 2019

"What a start to 2019 with the vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement taking place on Tuesday. I voted with the Prime Minister in order to deliver on the decision by the British people in 2016. I think it is important we still deliver on that referendum result but it is going to be a challenge to get a deal on which Parliament will agree. The opposition parties are largely only interested in trying to secure a General Election rather than a new deal.

Locally, the third stage of public consultation on Sizewell C is now open. There have been quite a few changes since the last round of consultation so I would encourage you to read and reply to the consultation document which closes on the 29th March (https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/sizewell-c/proposals/stage-3#exhibitions). I attended their public exhibition in Saxmundham last weekend and I'm currently formulating my early thoughts, which I will share shortly with residents, before I reply formally to the consultation. On transport, they have two major options. Either road-led or rail-led. I've said before that I want to see as much construction material come in by rail and sea as possible rather than putting more pressure on our road network so will be looking in detail at the rail-led option, which also includes by-passes and other significant road improvements. Unfortunately, apart from a beach landing facility which will bring in the very biggest of items the consultation document doesn't include a marine option. EDF need to give more detail on why this is the case.

Finally, good news. The Post Office is intending to open an additional branch in Melton. The new 'local style' facility will open in the McColls shop in early February reflecting the Government's commitment to the Post Office network and the Post Office's ambition to open branches in more areas."

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