“The presence of Sizewell A and B demonstrates a long history of nuclear energy on the Suffolk coast but the big question on everyone’s lips is whether there should be a Sizewell C. I recently submitted my response to the preliminary stage of the planning application process backing Sizewell C but encouraging EDF to make some significant changes in order to get consent. Tackling climate change and ensuring we have enough electricity as we phase out fossil fuels is vital to the success and sustainability of this country and Sizewell is an important nuclear cluster. The economic gain from a project the size of Sizewell C would be really positively felt - with the creation of thousands of jobs including well-paid, long term jobs. I do understand people’s objections though and the impact it will have on our area. Mitigation against all of these impacts is absolutely vital – particularly on transport and the environment. Full details of my consultation response can be seen on my website at www.theresecoffey.co.uk.
Half-term is fast approaching and this is an important week for our tourism sector locally. I expect we will see a lot of people come to enjoy our coast for day trips or longer. Reinforcing the mantra “hands, face, space” and maintaining that discipline is vital to suppress the transmission of coronavirus and for us to keep in the new Tier 1. Which has the national control measures implemented, like the Rule of 6 and the 10pm closure of hospitality outlets, but otherwise we can lead relatively straightforward lives. Limiting direct social interaction will help us ensure our schools, hospitals and most workplaces can stay open and function. Maintaining our cultural pleasures are important too which is why I was pleased that organisations like Aldeburgh Music and the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion received substantial grants from the Government to help them through this difficult time. Together they received £1.7m - which shows how important they are to help keep going. There is light at the end of the tunnel for all of us if we can stick together.”