Point expansion steps closer after PM signs deal with French
clearest indication yet that the expansion of Hinkley Point near
Burnham-On-Sea will go ahead was signalled on Friday when Britain
and France signed a landmark agreement to co-operate on civil
Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy signed up to a strengthening of co-operation
over civil nuclear energy, which the PM said would create a number
of commercial deals worth more than £500m and create over
1,500 UK jobs - including many with the building of Hinkley Point
the news, the leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr Ken Maddock,
said: "Somerset is at the forefront of the UKs new
nuclear development and we see this closer working relationship
as a very positive step forward. The proposed Hinkley Point C
nuclear power station is an important project for our county and
we intend to maximise any opportunities this may bring to the
are some issues still be worked out with EDF on the detail of
proposals for Hinkley Point C, but we remain committed to working
with them to deliver the project in time to meet the national
energy gap, which also delivers economic growth locally."
Paul Steedman of Friends of the Earth, said: "Cameron's deal
will leave British taxpayers footing a massive bill for new nuclear
plants we don't need and can't afford while EDF continues to rake
in huge profits."
of pounds have already been spent subsidising nuclear and
dealing with nuclear waste is expected to cost many billions more.
Meanwhile, solar panels and wind turbines are becoming more affordable;
they are clean and tested alternatives we know could provide tens
of thousands of new jobs with the right Government support."
Stop Hinkley campaign group and other anti-nuclear groups will
be holding a human chain around Hinkley B power station on 10th
March to commemorate one year since Japan's Fukushima nuclear
Top, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy at Friday's announcement
(pic: BBC) and, above, an artist's drawing of Hinkley Point C