Published: April 5, 2011
Council urges EDF to bring Hinkley Point 'park and ride' to Burnham

Town councillors have this week called on power company EDF to 'take more seriously' the proposals that a park and ride facility for Hinkley Point workers should be built next to Burnham-On-Sea's motorway junction.

Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last August that the Town Council is pushing for the park and ride to be built near to junction 22 of the M5.

Cllr Neville Jones told Monday evening's council meeting: "I am of the opinion that EDF needs to take more seriously our view that the proposed park and ride should be moved to junction 22."

"The current plans revolve around junction 23 at Bridgwater and will see EDF doubling the parking spaces from 700 to around 1,400, which will cause traffic problems."

Thousands of new staff will be employed by EDF to build the two proposed nuclear reactors and, as space will be limited around Hinkley Point itself, the energy company wants to create park and ride facilities.

Cllr Jones added that Highbridge would welcome the extra jobs generated by the facilities, which would also help the local accommodation trade.

The Town Council has sent a letter to EDF calling on it to reconsider the proposal.

 


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