Conservative welcomes Hinkley Point expansion decision
Burnham-On-Sea's Conservative parliamentary candidate has
this week welcomed the news that the government has reached an
agreement with EDF to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley
The £16bn investment for the first nuclear power
station in a generation - will create 25,000 new jobs in the local
area and provide power for six million homes.
Local Conservative campaigner and prospective MP, James Heappey,
says the investment is a very welcome boost to the local economy
and to the nation's energy security.
He said: "This is such good news for Somerset. The Hinkley
project had been stalling for a while not least because
of the Lib Dems prevarication over public subsidies for
nuclear energy - and so it is a relief to now see the investment
secured and the promise of thousands of new jobs for local people
in the Burnham-On-Sea area and beyond."
"Not only will this provide thousands of jobs but also a
clean source of home-grown energy and a reduction of bills for
hardworking people by £75 a year by 2030."
Mr Heappey was also quick to reaffirm his support for the many
campaigners in Mark, Tarnock and Compton Bishop for whom todays
announcement will bring closer the threat of monster electricity
pylons on the beautiful Somerset countryside.
"The massive investment that comes with Hinkley is great
news for our area but the pylons that connect it to Avonmouth
continue to be a real threat," James told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"The consultation period is nearing its end and so I urge
people to send back their comments to National Grid and to write
to Energy Secretary Ed Davey to demand that something is done
about these awful pylons."
"We need Hinkley Point but the connection to the rest of
our electricity infrastructure must go underground or, much better
still, under the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary."
Bridgwater College, which also has centres in Glastonbury, Cannington
and Yeovil, will be providing the skills needed to work at Hinkley
James added: "Bridgwater College will provide the station
with the highly skilled staff it will need in the future, meaning
there are some great opportunities for young people living locally.
Hinkley C will provide jobs and economic stability in the area
for generations to come. Everyone involved in this project realises
its importance to the people of our part of Somerset."