FOE Letter: So what will happen now with the results of the Stage 2 consultation ? Last time, EDF claimed they were confidential, though many organisations published theirs in any case. Even councillors at Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal level were refused access. This time lots of organisations have published their own, and hopefully people have also sent their "evidence" to the national planning inspectors for the EDF Sizewell file at The Planning Inspectorate(PINS) Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristiol BS16PN. Enquiries about how to do it to: email@example.com phone 0303 44 5000.
Suffolk Friends of the Earth have written to EDF calling for a comprehensive report on responses, and it occurs to us that if - as seems to be the case - people are now losing trust in EDF with so much discontinuity between Stage 1 and 2 (that means sort-of-broken promises) the full results could be handed over to an independent agency like the Electoral Reform Society to summarise it all, and especially the individual and local community views.
EDF's monthly newsletter says more than 3,500 people took part in Stage 2, but maybe that includes people looking at exhibitions rather than writing in. So beware any future percentages of views without hard evidence - from what we've heard the exhibitions didn't appear to answer many questions. The response from EDF so far ? EDF Project chief Jim Crawford says they will "fully consider" the results which will "shape" Stage 3. Who said that the same did not seem to happen between Stage 1 and 2 ? But it remains unclear what these consultations are supposed to achieve in any case. Planners are required to take note of community views and EDF are supposed to respect and argue coghently with statutary consultees, and nature laws from Europe etc require meaningful specific consultation, but the results are up to EDF to feed into their final proposals or reject as they see fit, that is, until the planners get their hands on the finalised project.
So thanks to FOE, who meanwhile have been doing good work on the history of coastal erosion. And got an excellent coastal erosion letter in the Anglian (Feb 18).