Suffolk business leaders lobby Prime Minister for quick decision on nuclear energy plant

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

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Suffolk business leaders have criticised Prime Minister Theresa May for delaying the go ahead for the Hinkley Point nuclear power station.

Officials of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce fear Mrs May’s delay in signing off EDF Energy’s plans for Hinkley Point, in Somerset, may impact on job-creating proposals for a new nuclear station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast.

The nuclear industry is good for Suffolk and good for businesses here in Suffolk.

John Dugmore, chief executive

Now the chamber has written a lengthy letter to Mrs May warning her delay is “unhelpful” and “counter-productive”.

In the letter John Dugmore, the chamber’s chief executive, states: “The specific issue for the chamber is the knock-on impact of the delay in approving Hinkley Point upon the prospects for the prospective new station at Sizewell.

“Suffolk Chamber has a close working relationship with EDF Energy and our belief is clear: the nuclear industry is good for Suffolk and good for businesses here in Suffolk.

“It has been good for Suffolk thanks to both the jobs created directly and indirectly and in terms of investment in the skills base of our local workforce over many decades.

“The building of a new nuclear power station would further boost our economy both during construction and once it is up and running.

“We have been working closely with EDF Energy through our local supply chain website to ensure as many local businesses have a chance to pick up contracts as possible should Sizewell C get the go ahead.

Mr Dugmore adds: “A potential £100 million per annum will be pumped into the local economy for every year of construction, a time span expected to be around 10 years.”

“That is why Suffolk Chamber of Commerce urges the government to keep this extra time for reflection to an absolute minimum before approving Hinkley Point.”