raise fears over Hinkley Point tourism and transport impacts
with transport, tourism and accommodation are just some areas
that need to be improved in EDF Energys planning application
for a new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea.
That's the view of Somerset County Council as a deadline to respond
to the detailed planning application passed on Monday (January
County Council and Sedgemoor District Councill have submitted
their views to the decision making body the Infrastructure
Planning Commission - setting out its main areas of concern.
David Hall, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member for
Economic Development, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "EDF have
taken significant steps in the right direction on a number of
matters, for example, how they will work with our schools to inspire
young people to take up science and engineering, and strategies
to introduce new jobs into the County. There is still however
more work for them to do, especially in terms of highways and
continue to support the opportunities Hinkley Point C may bring
to the area, but we are disappointed that there are still some
significant gaps in the information provided."
County Councils submission highlighted issues with transport
particularly the potential impacts of construction traffic,
highways improvements in Bridgwater, potential traffic delays
and road safety concerns.
council is also concerned about the economy and the risk of a
boom and bust scenario during and after construction,
plus the potential impact the development may have on other businesses,
investors and potential visitors to the area. Comments
have also been made on topics such as community well being, waste
and environmental matters.
Sedgemoor District Council leader Duncan McGinty added that the
councils initial representations to the IPC were intended
to indicate the issues it would like to see examined and discussed
in greater depth and so naturally focused on the areas still causing
concern among communities and their representatives.
"We are working closely with colleagues at West Somerset
and County Council as we will be submitting a Joint Local Impact
Report later in the process but these initial observations are
written from a Sedgemoor perspective," he said on Monday.
Hall added: "We remain committed to working with our district
council colleagues and EDF to ensure that we achieve the best
possible outcomes for the residents, businesses and environment
of Somerset. This project is a great opportunity and we must all
work together in ensuring the very best results for the County."
next step in the project will be for the IPC to hold a preliminary
meeting, setting out how the examination process will work. The
date of this meeting is to be confirmed.
view Somerset County Councils relevant representation submission
to the IPC, click here.