Councils positive about Hinkley Point nuclear milestone
The leader of Sedgemoor district council welcomed the Government's decision to grant consent for two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point.
“This is a landmark decision and an important step towards the delivery of the next generation of nuclear power stations,” said Duncan McGinty. “The local communities around Hinkley Point recognise the urgent national need for new energy infrastructure and their role as pioneers in the new low-carbon economy.
“The decision heralds significant opportunities as well as challenges over the coming decade and we are ready to work hard to see that the full benefits are felt locally and to try to keep disruption of daily lives to a minimum.”
He did though add a significant caveat.
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“However, we now ask that the Government turns its attention to the needs of these communities in Sedgemoor and West Somerset.
It must ensure that they receive fair, reasonable, and proportionate benefits in recognition of the burden of hosting a power station which will deliver great benefits to the nation but whose significant impact is felt locally,” he said.
And Somerset county council’s leader also backed the new power station.
“This is an exciting time and a time of huge opportunity should EDF make a decision to go ahead,” said John Osman. “It is the chance of a lifetime and could regenerate a huge area and create jobs and opportunities for our young people for years to come.”