April 22, 2011
New poll shows backing for Hinkley Point community investment
new poll shows the majority of people in Sedgemoor think that
the £100million of investment proposed by EDF Energy as
part of its plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point
will have a positive impact on the area.
The research shows that 75% of respondents think that EDF's
proposed £100m of investment will have an impact, with 53%
saying it will have a big impact. Only 9% say the investment will
have no impact.
As part of the £100 million investment, EDF Energy has proposed
a £20m Community Fund, which was increased from £1
million after consultation.
Almost two thirds of people consider the increased sum to be
either about right (54%) or too big (9%), with just 17% saying
it is too small. The investment is subject to planning approval
being given for Hinkley Point C.
The fund would be allocated by communities and local authorities
to invest in areas of priority need. The survey canvassed views
on where the money should be spent, with the top issues being:
recreational facilities for children and young people; community
amenities; education; and transport.
The poll, undertaken by ICM and commissioned by EDF Energy, surveyed
more than 1,000 people by telephone between 30th March and 7th
April in the Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset districts.
The full results are available here.
Meanwhile, traffic chaos and plans for worker accommodation during
the construction of the proposed new nuclear power station Hinkley
Point C are among local residents' biggest worries about the project,
according to responses emerging from a district council-run consultation
exercise over the past month.
Sedgemoor has produced a draft Supplementary Planning Document
(SPD) intended to help inform and advise developers, including
EDF Energy, in relation to plans for Hinkley Point. The councils
held a number of consultation events to see what the public thought
of the document.
More than 200 people attended events in six different communities
and the councils have received additional comments via their websites,
the post and email. In addition, they have been contacting residents
by phone to seek their views.
Many of the people expressing views at the SPD events called for
a bypass north of Bridgwater but this idea has been discounted
by EDF. There are proposals for a new Cannington bypass, three
freight facilities and four park and ride sites - although not
one next to Burnham-On-Sea's junction 22 of the M5 at this stage.
Last month, Sedgemoor District Council expressed a number of concerns
about the Hinkley Point project - as reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com