Emergency Planning At Sizewell

At the Campaign’s monthly meeting on 16th February 2015, it was decided that the Campaign will not take part in the preparation, production or distribution of any emergency planning leaflet by local authorities for the reasons detailed below.

  1. Any leaflet advises the public how to respond in emergency must be Otherwise it will completely lack any integrity.
  2. Any recommended emergency procedure must first he tested to ensure that it is workable. as we understand it, there is no intention for these procedures to be tested.
  3. At present, there is no way of advising the public that an emergency has occurred. Without an audible warning system, such as sirens in fixed places around the area, the public would not know that an incident was taking place.
  4. Neither is there any way of providing an emergency helpline because it would be constantly engaged. Without a team of telephone operators and a large number of lines, the system is untenable.
  5. Even if there were a warning system it would not be possible to evacuate the area as panic would ensue and all the minor roads to be A12 would be immediately gridlocked. In fact it is likely that the A12 would also be impassable preventing emergency vehicles getting into the area.

Without these issues being resolved a leaflet would not only be misleading but it would also provide false expectations concerning safety, which is far more serious than not publishing a leaflet at all.

The previous leaflet mentioned listening to the radio for bulletins, which is preposterous! If an emergency occurred the public would inevitably react in a spontaneous way – wanting to collect their children from school or evacuate elderly vulnerable relatives. They wouldn’t he sat by the radio waiting for an update and it is worrying that the Planning Unit thinks that they would!

If SDSC makes any recommendations about how the leaflet can be improved, it immediately becomes complicit in supporting a document that is both misleading and unworkable. Even if there were sirens installed and an emergency team to manage telephone calls, evacuation on narrow country roads would still be impossible. Publishing a leaflet describing emergency procedures will imply to the public that in the event of an emergency it will be possible to evacuate people to a place of safety, which is simply not true. That is why we believe that

every effort should be made to prevent the leaflet being published at all.

The leaflet published under the authority of the County Council will reassure people that untested emergency systems will be able to cope which in our View is not only dishonest that also a complete betrayal of trust. In fact we would have thought that such an action would compromise the Council’s own code of conduct

concerning an acceptable and professional practice.

The only way to obviate the risk: SHUT DOWN SIZEWELL PERMANENTLY