March 24, 2011
District Council voices 'serious concerns' over Hinkley
District Council's Executive Committee has this week voice serious
concerns over proposals to expand Hinkley Point power station.
meeting of Sedgemoor District Councils Executive Committee
held on Wednesday (March 23rd) passed a series of resolutions
in response to the latest proposals from EDF Energy for a new
nuclear power station.
Sedgemoor chief executive Kerry Rickards expressed increasing
frustration with a lack of evidence from the company on significant
elements of its plans for the main site and associated developments.
"We recognise that progress has been made on certain aspects
of EDFs Preferred Proposals in the Stage 2 Update
and Proposed Changes but we are concerned that a lack of information
has led to the full impacts remaining unclear to either the councils
or the wider communities," he said.
And Andrew Goodchild, West Somerset Councils planning manager,
said councillors were finding it difficult to support EDFs
current proposals because they still fall "woefully short"
of satisfying some of their major anxieties.
Councillors are not satisfied that full consideration had been
given to the impacts on local communities. They
feel the plans lack sufficient long-term benefit to the area,
lack adequate compensation for the negative and more intangible
impacts and lack investment in infrastructure and permanent housing.
Mr Goodchild commented: "We have a duty to our communities
to explain to government and to EDF Energy that we still have
very significant and unresolved concerns about the proposals in
their current form."
The two councils detailed responses to EDFs updated
proposals also include concerns about the real number of jobs
likely to be created for Somerset; about the EDF preference for
temporary accommodation for construction workers rather than permanent
housing, and the lack of evidence to support predictions on traffic
volumes with the necessary strategic responses on infrastructure