Bridgwater residents must be 'involved fully' in all aspects of Hinkley Point C development
Labour's candidate for Bridgwater South says the town and Somerset as a whole must benefit from the development of two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point.
Speaking after Energy Secretary Ed Davey revealed that consent had been granted for the new Hinkley C project, Leigh Redman outlined the work he now wants to see done.
Cllr Redman said: “It is important that Bridgwater residents are involved fully in all aspects.
"Life for Bridgwater is about to change with an influx of hundreds of workers. The construction traffic will be starting to increase on the already busy road network and firms will be looking for sites to house their operations for the construction project.
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"The largest national infrastructure development this country has ever seen will start to ramp up on our doorstep.
"Now more than ever will the need for local representation be top of the agenda for any elected official to ensure that Bridgwater is kept at the top of any list for fair and reasonable mitigation.
"We need to monitor closely any increase in local rents, increases in traffic congestion and all aspects of this project to ensure that EDF honours its pledges.”