Hinkley Point crime fears are played down by power firm EDF
firm behind plans to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley
Point near Burnham-On-Sea has this week denied that the project
will bring fresh crime and disorder to the area.
and Somerset Constabulary has warned that the construction process
could become the focus of major protests, and says it wants extra
compensation for the increased costs of policing anti-nuclear
also has warned that the project could bring an influx of transient
and foreign workers to the area, which may affect community relations.
Energy says a £500 million package of compensation measures
with local communities has already been put in place.
EDF spokesman added that strict conditions will mean its workers
will "contribute positively to the local area" and that
health, education and emergency services would be funded to meet
any additional demand.
Planning Inspectorate, through its evidence-based examination
process, will determine what it regards as appropriate mitigation
for the Hinkley Point C project," said the spokesman.
remain confident that we provide responsible and comprehensive
mitigation for the carefully-identified impacts of the project.
Overall, we have been working with local councils and other bodies
for more than three years to maximise the opportunities that Hinkley
Point C will bring."
predicts the project will generate up to 25,000 jobs during construction
and add £100 million each year to the regional economy.
the Stop Hinkley pressure group claims the company's plans for
nuclear power in the UK are "stumbling."