launches video to outline fight for Hinkley community funding
District Council has this week launched this online video to demonstrate
how it has campaigned for community funding to offset the development
of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
launch of the video, 'Empowering Communities - Community Benefit',
coincides with this week's announcement
by the Government that a deal had been agreed with EDF to build
Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea.
of Sedgemoor, Councillor Duncan McGinty, pictured, said: "This
film tells the story of Sedgemoor's Community Benefit campaign,
which lasted around five years, and could see local communities
receive up to £128million."
the 'strike price' now agreed and the Community Benefit package
confirmed, SDC will continue to develop initiatives to ensure
the local community capitalises on its role as a pioneer in the
new nuclear age."
Department for Energy and Climate Change announced in July a package
of £128m of funding for Somerset to offset the development
of Hinkley Point C.
per year has been offered to communities near the new Hinkley
Point C nuclear power station, including Bridgwater, West Somerset
and the Burnham-On-Sea area.
deal, totalling £128m, will last for 40 years, which is
the planned lifetime of Hinkley Point C, however there was concern
that the money is not scheduled to be available until the new
power station is built and generating electricity, which is estimated
to be up to 10 years.
Community Benefits will be shared by the communities affected
by the plant. The money could be used for a range of local projects
for those who will not see any direct and tangible benefits themselves,
such as facilities for the elderly and measures to address fuel