concerned over loss of fishing grounds around Hinkley
anglers in the Burnham area fear that work to expand Hinkley Point
power station will result in them losing huge swathes of fishing
Nicholson, Chairman of the Burnham Water Users Forum, which represents
local anglers and boat users, has raised the concerns to power
firm EDF and the Town Council.
explained: "EDF has said there will be no recreational use
of the sea in a large area around the proposed 500 metre long
jetty at Hinkley during the construction work, which will last
means our fishing grounds around Burnham will be reduced by over
one eighth of their current size."
local fishermen frequently fish in the waters around the old power
station and we don't feel that our views are being listened to
or fully taken into consideration."
added that the group is also "concerned" about the possible
impact on fish of effluent discharges into the Bristol Channel.
spokesman from The Environment Agency, who attended the town council's
latest meeting, said the group's concerns would be taken into
EDF added: "We are undertaking comprehensive
survey work of both the tidal flows and the ecology of the marine
environment to assess any impact. Experts from the Centre for
Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) are assisting