park 'n' ride facilities proposed for Burnham's M5 junction
for a huge new park 'n' ride facility next to Burnham-On-Sea's
motorway junction have been proposed this week.
town council has asked energy firm EDF to consider building the
facilities on land next to the M5 when construction work begins
for the proposed new Hinkley Point power station.
to 5,000 people will be employed by EDF to build the two nuclear
reactors and, as space will be limited around Hinkley itself,
the energy company is seeking locations for 'park and ride' facilities
across the area.
councillor Neville Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are
anxious that the Burnham area should benefit from the project
and that employment opportunities should not only be available
to those living close to the site, but also to those in other
parts of Sedgemoor."
added: "While a park and ride is being considered for Bridgwater,
I believe that the building works connected with the North East
Bridgwater Development Plan at the former cellophane factory site
will mean that area will be very busy for several years to come.
park and ride near Burnham's junction 22 or at the Isleport Industrial
Estate in Highbridge would therefore be ideal."
Chris Williams told this week's town council meeting he too is
behind the idea, which would generate parking for several hundred
cars. "I think it would be a very good for the Burnham area.
I am keen that we should benefit from the work at the station,"
the proposed new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point (pictured above)
are given the go-ahead by the government later this year, EDF
says enough power for around five million homes or six per cent
of the UK's total power supply will be generated.
operational, the new power station will support around 900 permanent
jobs on site.