unhappy at lack of community benefits during nuclear build
District Council has this week said it is 'disappointed' that
there will be no community benefits on offer during the construction
period of new nuclear plants such as Hinkley Point C near Burnham.
It comes after the Department for Energy and Climate Change re-iterated
its commitment to introducing community benefits as a way to build
trust amongst those living near existing or proposed nuclear facilities,
such as Hinkley C.
Responding to the Energy and Climate Change Committee's report
on 'Building New Nuclear: The Challenges Ahead', the government
said it is currently finalising the proposals for a community
benefits package for sites that host new nuclear power stations.
Details of the package will be issued "shortly."
However, the Government has rejected the Committee's call to
consider whether it could be "possible to provide any additional
forms of community benefit during the construction period (beyond
the compensatory measures already agreed to in any Section 106
Benefit during the construction period, the Government states,
"would be contrary to the Government's no subsidy policy
to provide additional funds for this purpose," despite the
fact that power stations take a long time to build and therefore
have the potential to cause considerable disruption to local communities
for an extended period of time.
Cllr Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Sedgemoor has long championed Community
Benefit Contributions as an important mechanism to ensure the
communities around Hinkley Point receive fair and reasonable benefits
in recognition of the burden of hosting nationally beneficial
"We are extremely pleased to see the Governments commitment
to introduce community benefit. We have been given assurances
by Ministers and Government officials that the package will be
announced in the next few weeks and we look forward to seeing
the detail of this."
"However, we are disappointed that the Government does not
support a form of community benefit during the construction period.
We endorse the Committees original conclusion that this
would be entirely appropriate and we will continue to push the
Government on this point to ensure the best deal possible for