aims to be 'Hinkley ready' as government decision nears
District Council has this week written to organisations across
Somerset who would have a role during the construction of a new
nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, urging them to make sure
they are ready if the go-ahead is given by the government.
In a message to a number of key authorities and agencies, Chief
Executive Kerry Rickards says Sedgemoor is busy making sure it
is 'Hinkley Ready' so that there are no delays if the government
gives the green light.
The letter comes after EDF Energy's Chief Executive Officer, Vincent
de Rivaz, announced his companys project to build two new
nuclear reactors is "shovel ready" and all it is waiting
for is planning consent and an agreed price from the government
for the energy it would produce before making a final investment
It also follows an interview in The Times with Secretary
of State, Ed Davey, indicating that the government is close to
announcing long-term 'community benefits' to residents near new
nuclear power plants.
Sedgemoor District Council Leader Cllr Duncan McGinty welcomed
the news and said the money should be used for specific projects
and not allowed to disappear into providing services.
Commenting on the need to prepare adequately for the Governments
decision on planning consent, which is due by March 19th, Cllr
McGinty said: "This council has always supported the project
providing the planning conditions are in place to ensure we make
the most of the opportunities locally and keep the impacts of
construction to a minimum."
"MP Ian Liddell-Grainger is assuring the government that
Somerset is 'Hinkley Ready' and the purpose of the letter is to
satisfy ourselves that indeed we are all truly prepared."
"We are keen that, if the go ahead is given, we can get on
with it as soon as possible and ensure there are no delays or
blockages preventing this vitally important project from being
finished on time."