February 25, 2011
Energy pledges £100million of 'lasting community investment'
Energy is to invest around £100million into the community
as part of its plans to expand Hinkley Point C, it has announced
The funding has been pledges as part of a 'lasting benefit' that
aims to improve the quality of life for local people by investing
It includes a £20million community fund up on the
original £1million which will be spent by the community
and local authorities, as well as contributions to housing, colleges,
skills and services.
EDF says funding for infrastructure will involve transport and
highway improvements in the Bridgwater area. Accommodation is
also expected to be left as a legacy for the community after expansion
of the power station is complete.
The £100m is part of a £300m pot that EDF plans to
spend on "mitigating the impacts of the project" and
benefiting the community.
Richard Mayson, EDF Energys Director of Planning and External
Affairs, said in a statement on Thursday: "Consultation is
all about dialogue. We want to work together with the community.
In earlier stages of our consultation we were asked to look again
at our proposals for community benefit. We recognise that we needed
to increase the support we will provide to the local community."
have taken on board this feedback and we are now putting forward
measures that should provide £100 million of lasting benefit.
As part of this we have increased the Community Fund to £20
million to improve the quality of life in the local communities.
The fund will be spent locally on a range of initiatives chosen
by the community and local authorities."
"Our continued commitment to local people is that we will
ensure that any significant impacts of the construction or operation
of the power station and associated developments are managed sensitively
and if they cannot be managed they are mitigated."
"Our dialogue is continuing with the local authorities to
address issues they have raised through the consultation process
and in connection with our preparatory works applications. We
are keen to find a solution that works for the community and we
are committed to ongoing dialogue."
The announcement comes as a consultation starts on Friday (February
25th) and runs until 28th March, focusing on material changes
to the Hinkley Point C plans since the previous consultation last
A consultation document updating members of the public on the
project and seeking their views will be available at the public
exhibitions and to download from the EDF website here.