Point C approval: Council welcomes 'landmark decision'
news that the Government has given the go-ahead to a new £14bn
nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea, has
this week been welcomed by local authorities.
on Tuesday removes the last planning obstacle to Hinkley Point
C and it is now down to EDF and the Government to agree a price
for the energy which will be produced, and for EDF to then decide
whether to go ahead.
Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is a landmark decision and an important step towards
the delivery of the next generation of nuclear power stations.
The local communities around Hinkley Point recognise the urgent
national need for new energy infrastructure and their role as
pioneers in the new low carbon economy.
decision heralds significant opportunities as well as challenges
over the coming decade and we are ready to work hard to see that
the full benefits are felt locally and to try to keep disruption
of daily lives to a minimum. We will be working very closely with
the community and EDF Energy to help deliver this nationally important
"However, we now ask that the Government turns its attention
to the needs of these communities in Sedgemoor and West Somerset.
It must ensure that they receive fair, reasonable, and proportionate
benefits in recognition of the burden of hosting a power station
which will deliver great benefits to the nation but whose significant
impact is felt locally."
Government's green light for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley
Point was also welcomed by Somerset County Council.
Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Councils Deputy Leader,
said: "The Hinkley Point C project will unlock tremendous
opportunities for Somerset, including thousands of new jobs, supply
chain investment and a large number of apprenticeships for our
young people. The proposals have a come a long way, and we are
ready and waiting for the go so we can help make the
project a reality and reap the rewards for the county."