Campaigners against the Sizewell C nuclear power project have said that Bill Turnbull’s legacy as a “great friend and supporter” to their cause will inspire them to “fight on”. .
The death of the former BBC Breakfast presenter was announced on Thursday – the same day that Boris Johnson used his last policy speech to push ahead with his nuclear plan and pledge 700 support million pounds of taxpayer money for it.
The reactor is expected to be built by energy company EDF, near Theberton, Mr Turnbull’s hometown in Suffolk.
During the planning phase, Mr Turnbull delivered a passionate speech warning of the “terrible devastation” the project would cause to the area.
Bill is a great friend and supporter but he and his family will want us to fight and we will, with all our hearts, honor him.Stop Sizewell
Protest group Stop Sizewell C said they were “devastated” by the newsreader’s death, describing him as a “great friend and supporter” whose legacy will inspire the group oppose the project further.
The group said: “Bill was a great friend and supporter but he and his family will want us to fight and we will, with all our hearts, honor him.
“We send our deepest love and condolences to all who have known him.”
During a 2021 planning ombudsman hearing, Mr Turnbull said his opposition to the plan was “more sad than objectionable” out of “fear” that “a precious, beautiful corner of Suffolk will become victim of the most terrible devastation.”
Mr Turnbull said he was speaking on behalf of “those who have no voice and who can only reap danger and destruction” from the project – the “rare and abundant wildlife that inhabit the land”. the land around Sizewell”.
The former journalist also cited the “major disruption to business and livelihoods caused by the EDF’s plan” as “reason enough to stop the project from continuing”.
Mr Turnbull said he and his wife live 2.5km from the construction site and they feel “lucky” to be surrounded by “exceptional wildlife” in the area, including wild birds and marshes and owls.
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The outgoing prime minister said he was confident the funding deal for Sizewell C would “go into depth” in the coming weeks.
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