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Suffolk nuclear power vote

July 10, 2020 1:54 PM
By Tim Lockington
Originally published by Ipswich Liberal Democrats

St Margarets and Westgate Councillor Inga Lockington and her fellow LibDem and Green county councillors spoke up at the County Council Meeting (8th June) and voted to halt Sizewell C construction, and its long-term toxic, unnecessary, and destructive impact on the Suffolk Coast.

County Councillor, Caroline Page notes, "This motion was voted down 50 to 12, with 4 abstentions. What a shame that both Suffolk Conservatives and Suffolk Labour found spurious reasons to join together and vote this motion down. 'Mitigation' is not a concept you can realistically propose when looking at the deliberate destruction of our age-old countryside and all the businesses it supports."

Borough Councillor, Tim Lockington, writes:

"Nuclear power is an old technology from which most nations are walking rapidly away. It depends on the insecurity of imported fuel and toxic waste management rather than the security of harvesting the natural low carbon resources (solar, wind and tide), on our doorstep. I believe we should be investing in green jobs that deliver clean energy together with energy conservation, to make our homes and businesses fit for the future. Doing this will create real jobs and skills that last. The future of work has to be more positive for people than temporary employment in problematic mega projects that may end up as expensive white elephants. New power stations in Finland and France have been stalled and delayed for years but we need solutions now."