is ready for Hinkley building work to begin' - council leader
District Council's leader has said the area is ready for a "huge
increase in investment, jobs and attention" following the government's
signing of an £18bn contract on Thursday with France and China
to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea.
deal was finalised at a low-key ceremony in London on Thursday,
pictured, just two months after Theresa May alarmed her French and
Chinese counterparts by initially putting the entire project under
Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty, said
that the district stands ready as construction is finally to get
has been quite a journey to get to this stage and we are delighted
that the ink is now dry on these agreements between the energy companies,
their governments and ours which will allow the next stage of this
project to begin. It is so important for the economy of our district,
the South West and the rest of the UK."
Cllr McGinty and Sedgemoor at the signing, Cllr Anne Fraser, portfolio
holder for Economic Growth, added: "It has been a privilege
to be present for such a significant event for us and this project.
We know it will make such a difference to the lives of so many people
in our communities who are already feeling the benefit of this investment
and who are looking forward to the further opportunities it will
will give us cause to be proud of what we have achieved together
progressing the project to this 'Hinkley Ready' stage and give all
parties added impetus to see this piece of infrastructure delivered
on time, on budget and on Somerset soil."
David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, described
it as 'the news we have all been waiting for.'
He added: "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 Government, EDF
and partners to see this development delivered as soon as possible
and to fully realise the opportunities presented by the project
to transform the local and regional economy."
Leader of the Council, John Osman, added: "Todays contract
signing is the point of no return on this extremely important project.
Hinkley Point C is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our businesses,
young people and the county as a whole."
During construction alone, the project is expected to bring £200
million to the local economy. Over the lifetime of the project,
the regional economy is set to benefit by around £4 billion.
It is hoped the development will kick-start a national nuclear renaissance
and will be the catalyst for economic growth in Somerset and the
wider South West region.
the French nuclear contractor, and its Chinese partners had to cancel
their previous plans for a signing ceremony at the last minute when
the review was announced in July. The project finally got approval
this month, after Greg Clark, the business secretary, announced
there would be some new restrictions on future investments in critical
infrastructure if there were national security concerns.
Top, Business secretary Greg Clark attended the signing ceremony
on behalf of the UK, alongside Jean-Bernard Lévy, the chairman
of EDF, and He Yu, chair of China General Nuclear