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Campaigners 'still not convinced' as fourth Sizewell C consultation opens

The final stage of the public consultation into plans for Sizewell C is under way. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An environmental charity say it's still not convinced enough will be done to protect wildlife if the Sizewell C nuclear plant goes ahead.

Energy giant EDF has launched the fourth and final public consultation into its plans for the plant on the Suffolk coast close to RSPB Minsmere.

EDF says Sizewell C would power about six million homes and create thousands of jobs with education opportunities for schools and a boost to local businesses.

But campaigners remain unconvinced saying their concerns about the accommodation for thousands of workers and the impact of transport on nearby villages haven't been addressed.

  • Click below for a full report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu.

The final stage of the public consultation will last for 10 weeks.

EDF says the new proposals include an "integrated transport strategy option" that combines rail use and road deliveries.

Very heavy equipment would be delivered by sea to a beach landing facility located next to the Sizewell C building site - and there are proposals for temporary bypasses of villages along the B1122 during construction.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director, said Sizewell C would be a boost to "jobs, skills and education".

“We know that people feel strongly about how we move freight and workers during the construction of Sizewell C. That is why we are proposing an integrated transport option that takes elements of both the road and rail strategies in order to reduce the amount of traffic on local roads further, whilst we continue to deliver the largest equipment to the site via sea using the beach landing facility.”

– Jim Crawford, project development director