Leader heralds historic Hinkley contract signing

    Leader heralds historic Hinkley contract signing

    Leader heralds historic Hinkley contract signing

    Thursday 29 September 2016

    Leader of West Somerset Council, Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew, is in London today (Thursday) at the invitation of Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP for the signing of an historic agreement formalising the decision to proceed with the nation’s first new nuclear power station in a generation.

    The contract between the UK Government, power company EDF Group and China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN), marks the start of a new era in low carbon energy production with the construction of Hinkley Point C in West Somerset.

    West Somerset Council is the host authority for Hinkley Point C and Cllr Trollope-Bellew said he was delighted to attend such a momentous occasion and to highlight West Somerset’s vital contribution to the £16 billion project.

    “On behalf of West Somerset, which is the home of Hinkley Point C, our Council has long recognised the enormous economic opportunities that it will bring to our area. Our team continues to work hard to maximise the benefits of the project for business and our communities, while at the same time ensuring that the impacts of the construction on local residents, especially those at Shurton and Burton, are minimised.

    “The Council has been working with a range of partners, including EDF Energy, over many years to ensure that the area is ready to host the project and that our businesses and communities are well placed to take advantage of the huge opportunity.”

    Having granted planning permission for the site to be prepared in advance of the main construction in 2012, the council has been busy over the last four years ensuring that opportunities arising from the project benefit local people, businesses and communities.

    Dozens of community-led legacy projects – large and small – are already benefiting from funding released through the Hinkley Point C agreements, including the recently opened Boat Museum and Visitor Centre in Watchet.

    West Somerset Council has also worked to deliver initiatives to improve job opportunities, strengthen the tourism economy and create much-needed local housing.

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    Contact: Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 or 07714 759899 email d.rundle@tauntondeane.gov.uk