The Hinkley Debate: Batts Combe Quarry to gain and more than 20,000 jobs will be created
The confirmation of Hinkley Point C has been welcomed by Cheddar businesses, which could benefit when work starts on the decade-long construction project.
Around 20,000 jobs will be created during construction and 900 permanent jobs once the site is complete. On the list of approved suppliers for the nuclear site is Batts Combe Quarry, in Cheddar, owned by Hanson Aggregates.
David Weeks, spokesman for Batts Combe Quarry, said: “This is good news and another important step on the road to the start of construction work at Hinkley.
“But there are still a number of hurdles to clear, not least the signing of an official contract to begin the project.
“We will then have to confirm the terms of our supply agreement with the Anglo-French consortium Laing O’Rourke/Bouygues, who are the preferred bidder for the main civil contract.
“There is unlikely to be any upturn in activity from Batts Combe until next year.
“In the meantime, we will keep residents fully informed through the quarry liaison group as the situation develops.”
Batts Combe bosses proposed in 2012 that a new access road from the northern edge of the quarry could be built to keep truck movements out of Cheddar village.
As well as the quarry, dozens of individual truckers could benefit from the extended contracts to haul stone to the coastal site.
East Brent-based William Haley Engineering also looks set to benefit. The steelwork fabrication company employs 135 people producing building frameworks and has been in talks with EDF since last year.
National Grid is also welcoming the news, and has announced its next step.
A spokeswoman for the company said: “Over the next ten years, a quarter of the power stations the UK relies on to heat and light our homes and businesses will close.
“These need to be replaced and it is National Grid’s role to connect new generators to the electricity transmission network.
“National Grid has a contract to connect the Hinkley Point C and other proposed new generators, including a gas-fired power station at Seabank and an offshore wind farm in the Bristol Channel.
“To join these new sources of energy safely and affordably we are proposing a new high- voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater in Somerset and Seabank in Avonmouth.
“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in our consultation. If you haven’t already told us what you think of our plans, there are still a few days left as the consultation will close on Tuesday.
“The next step will be in early 2014 when National Grid sends its plans, including a consultation report explaining how the views of local communities have been considered, to the Planning Inspectorate.”