Councillor David Hall,

Somerset is at the forefront of innovation to help the country deliver a low carbon future, thanks to Hinkley Point C near Burnham-On-Sea, a county councillor has said this week.

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Economy and Inward Investment at Somerset County Council, pictured, spoke at this week’s Nuclear South West Conference in Bridgwater.

Cllr Hall said: “Clean energy and economic growth go hand in hand and Somerset is very well placed to be at the forefront of new innovations and opportunities.”

He continued: “Somerset is leading from the front because it is the home of the first of a new generation of nuclear power stations.”

“Being first in line means that we are growing new skills and new technologies, and this will mean the businesses and workers of Somerset are going to be in high demand for many years to come.”

“We must anchor the Hinkley Point C legacy if we want our economy to be strong, sustainable and vibrant.”

He added: “It was a pleasure to see businesses, government, educational institutions and local partners come together to discuss how to make a low carbon future a reality.”