EDF Energy's transport plans are 'wholly inadequate' says council
Executive of Sedgemoor District Council has this week said that
EDF Energy's transport plans during the construction of a proposed
nuclear power station at Hinkley Point are "wholly inadequate".
a meeting on Wednesday (March 14th), members of the council's
Executive voted unanimously in favour of asking the Infrastructure
Planning Commission (IPC) for a dedicated hearing about EDF's
IPC will ultimately advise the government on whether or not to
approve the plans.
Executive's comments follow a report by Councillor Julian Taylor,
Chairman of Sedgemoor's Community Scrutiny Committee, which outlined
a number of concerns.
report says that EDF's work on detailed plans for a northern bypass
had not been started early enough the energy firm, leading to
fears about severe congestion and damage to roads from heavy construction
Taylor added that there are "real concerns" about the
implications and its economic performance if solutions are not
felt the congestion could spread to other parts of the road network
in the for Sedgemoor area.
agreed that a fully costed, integrated transport package - which
should be in line with local policies and which would leave a
lasting legacy - should be developed.
Burnham and Highbridge town councillors have also expressed concern
about the amount of heavy construction traffic using the A38 through
the area on its way to Hinkley Point. EDF has not been able to
give assurances that traffic will not use the route.