Hinkley Point communities must receive 'fair and reasonable benefits'
The needs of communities in West Somerset and Sedgemoor must not be forgotten when Hinkley Point's new nuclear reactors are built, the leader of Sedgemoor District Council has warned.
Cllr Duncan McGinty welcomed this afternoon's Government announcement, but called for "fair, reasonable and proportionate benefits" for people who will be most affected by the £14 billion project.
Cllr McGinty said: “This is a landmark decision and an important step towards the delivery of the next generation of nuclear power stations.
"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.
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“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.
"We will be working very closely with the community and EDF Energy to help deliver this nationally important project.
"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.”