to 'deliver huge jobs boost and economic prosperity for area'
County Council has heralded this week's government announcement
on Hinkley Point C as one that will bring unprecedented investment
and job creation to the county and the region.
The council says the largest engineering project in Europe will
boost jobs and economic prosperity, and generate thousands of training
opportunities for local people.
"The announcement by Government is long-awaited and extremely
important," said Councillor John Osman, Leader of Somerset
County Council. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for
our businesses, young people and the county as a whole."
"We fully understand the additional time needed by Theresa
May and her team wanting to make sure they have had every opportunity
to give it their fullest scrutiny; this is a massive scheme that
will bring the largest construction project in Europe to Somerset."
Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet
Member for Business and Inward Investment, said the long-awaited
news from Government was "the final hurdle cleared" for
the delivery of the nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea.
"Like everyone else we have been waiting for the Prime Minister
and her team to confirm the governments commitment to the
project. That they have given it the green light after this additional
review and detailed scrutiny is a further endorsement of the scheme."
"A tremendous amount of work has been happening behind the
scenes to be sure that we are ready for this very moment. We are
committed to continue working together with the government, EDF
and partners to see the development delivered as soon as possible
and to fully realise the once-in-a-generation opportunities presented
by the project to transform the local and regional economy."
"During construction alone, the project is expected to bring
£200 million to the local economy whilst over the lifetime
of the project, the regional economy is set to benefit by around
£4 billion he added. It looks set to kick-start
the national nuclear renaissance and will be the catalyst for economic
growth in Somerset and the wider South West region."