March 30, 2011
council lodges objection over plans to build Hinkley jetty
District Council has this week lodged a formal objection against
EDF's plans to build a new temporary sea jetty next to Hinkley
Point power station, near Burnham-On-Sea.
a full meeting of the council on Wednesday, members voted in favour
of making a formal objection to the Marine Management Organisation
(MMO) regarding the construction of the jetty.
The matter had previously been considered by the council's Licensing
and General Purposes Committee on January 19th and a 105-page
technical submission was sent to the MMO outlining Sedgemoors
The MMO required that it was passed by the full council, prompting
the discussion on Wednesday.
During a public question time session, Ms Glen Burrows asked:
"This development will have an immense impact on coastal
and marine environments and inhabitants. The jetty will be in
place for at least seven years (the period of construction), so
it is impossible to imagine the region being returned to its former
state. Are councillors satisfied that the appropriate consultations
and assessments have taken place in order to establish the exact
ecological impact these works will have?"
Sedgemoor council spokeswoman Claire Faun said: "Sedgemoor
is only a consultee on this application. Sedgemoor does not determine
the application. EDF are at liberty, as are any other organisation,
to submit a planning application to the Marine Management Organisation
at any time."
"We have submitted a 'holding' objection in order to gain
more information. The Marine Management Organisation are the experts
in the coastal and marine environments. That is why they determine
the application. They will consider all aspects referred to and
councillors will be guided by their expert opinions on these matters."