Burnham-On-Sea be able to cope with influx of Hinkley workers?
councillors have expressed concerns regarding the potential impact
that extra construction workers at the proposed Hinkley Point
C will have on Burnham-On-Sea's resources.
planned development of a new nuclear power station is a worry
for some Burnham councillors, who say they fear that accommodating
large numbers of workers may hit the town's tourism industry and
put a strain on doctors and police services.
comments were raised at this month's Burnham and Highbridge Town
Council meeting by a small group of councillors who have been
studying the energy firm's plans in detail.
Chris Williams said it is not yet known how much additional money
will be available to enable services such as health, dentists
and schools to cope with the influx of hundreds of workers.
told the meeting: "If a large number of extra workers come
into the Burnham area we are going to need extra resources. Each
organisation, such as health services, dentists and schools, all
operate individually but in a team to try and get an integrated
scheme, but we do not yet know how much money will be available
for the town. The police say at the moment there will be no extra
writing on Burnham-On-Sea.com, Cllr Helen Groves added: "Both
EDF and all levels of local government accept that one of the
most immediate impacts will be a reduction of availability of
affordable housing. It is expected 'by EDF' that their workforce
will purchase this and occupy the lower end of the rental market.
EDF have put forward a number of proposals to attempt to address
this including potential investment for construction of affordable/social
housing or/and making available funding to the local authority
for investment into its own housing stock to bring voids back
into use. Other impacts are expected to be upon transport, education,
medical services etc."
area will host a high number of the EDF workforce. Should we simply
pretend this will not have an effect? Or is it better to work
with EDF SDC and SCC to try to make sure that the impact is reduced
by proper investment to support the workforce?"