Minister boosts Sizewell jobs hopes
GOVERNMENT plans to press ahead with plans for new nuclear reactors have been welcomed by a Suffolk MP.Speaking on Monday, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne pledged Britain would have a series of new nuclear power stations by 2018.
GOVERNMENT plans to press ahead with plans for new nuclear reactors have been welcomed by a Suffolk MP.
Speaking on Monday, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne pledged Britain would have a series of new nuclear power stations by 2018.
This gives the green light for a new reactor at Sizewell power station - a scheme that should bring up to 5,000 construction jobs into the area and the number of people employed at the plant up to 700.
Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey said: 'I think it is good news for local people so I'm very happy to hear it's going to get the green light and we can get on and solve the energy security problem.
'It will be good for local businesses as well so I'm glad that the decision has been taken.' The expansion of Hinkley Point power station in Somerset is likely to take place first.
But formal consultation on Sizewell C is due to start in the first half of 2011 and the reactor is likely to be up and running shortly after Hinkley Point goes into operation in 2018.
- 1 Restaurant owner 'optimistic' for future after Christmas cancellations
- 2 Road rage incident sees van driver run over by car
- 3 Man arrested in Lowestoft after stop and search finds cannabis and cash
- 4 New homes and retail unit bid for vacant former Tesco store
- 5 Coastal wreckage scuba diving club searching for new members
- 6 'Don't suffer in silence': Support on offer as UK heads for inflation spike
- 7 Holocaust memorial ceremony to be held at town's rail station
- 8 How Covid restrictions will change in England this week
- 9 Woman shot by pellet gun when leaving Lowestoft shop
- 10 'Blight' of fly-tipping on rise in east Suffolk as council vows clampdown
A spokesperson for EDF Energy, which runs the plant, said: 'We were pleased to hear the Energy Minister underline the coalition Government's commitment to build new nuclear power stations as part of the UK's low-carbon energy mix for the future.'
Suffolk Coastal District Council said: 'Any decision on a new Sizewell plant must take into account local impacts in terms of design and detailed location, and the capacity of the local community and environment to absorb development of this scale.'