HINKLEY ‘C’ GETS GREEN LIGHT:LABOUR CAMPAIGNERS CAUTIOUS WELCOME

Leigh Redman
Leigh Redman-Labour candidate for Bridgwater South ‘Bridgwater and Somerset must benefit from the development’

With today’s announcement from the secretary of state granting the Development consent order (DCO) giving the green light to EDF allowing construction of Hinkley point C,Labour Town & District Councillor Leigh Redman, who is the Party’s candidate for the County seat of Bridgwater South, welcomed the news but with it outlined the work that now needs to be 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. The largest national infrastructure development this country has ever seen will start to ramp up on our door step. 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!”

‘Bridgwater Residents need to be at the forefront’

Leigh who worked extensively during the negotiation stages of the DCO ensuring Bridgwater was adequately represented, helped to win improvements to the DCO by speaking during the open floor hearings of the planning inspectorate and submitting many letters of comment. He added “For some time now EDF’s contractors have been waiting at the starting line, from today they will be looking to meet their targets and we must be aware that both the preparation and main stages of the works are covered by specific agreements, these allow for ‘mitigating the intangible & residual impacts of the project’ covering areas that include Transport, accommodation, economic development, leisure, skills and training etc all of which will need to be monitored and Bridgwater residents need to be at the forefront, being the body of people most likely to be impacted by the development.”

Leight meets Lady Royall Leader
Leigh meets Lady Royall Leader of the Labour Group in the House of Lords during her visit to Bridgwater to discuss Nuclear mitigation and community benefit.

The development will take between 7-10 years, could cost some 14 Billion pounds and Leigh believes it is important that we start to monitor and prepare for the up shift in work and feedback issues early that will allow local representatives to highlight & challenge EDF to mitigate any impact.

‘Bridgwater and Somerset must benefit from the development’

Leigh Redman was the first councillor to draw the inspectors attention to the possible loss of pitches at Bridgwater Sports and social club, which resulted in EDF honouring the North East Bridgwater section 106 agreement, thereby funding the new pitches at Kings Down with fully funded transitional arrangements ensuring continuity of football for the teams that used the sports and social club ground. “It is accepted that there will be an impact on our life’s and I want to ensure that should this be in a negative way then EDF as the responsible body does everything within their power to mitigate it. Bridgwater and the greater community that is Somerset must benefit from the development with greater employment prospects, higher wages, the associated benefit from the cash injection for shops, local businesses and communities are all opportunities that should be grasped to ensure all economic, social, housing, leisure and educational improvements are maximised.”

 

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Leigh Redman
Leigh Redman
10 years ago

Thank you for responding.
Julie, noted and will monitor.

Maureen, thank you for the response, I do not have a position on the proposal but this should not stop me from doing my best and I hope that is how my work is interpreted, I will not be able to affect the ‘Strike price’ or make EDF find a ‘B plan’. All I can do is work for the now, if I did nothing I would be seen as an ineffective Councillor. It is important that local Councillors do their best with the tools available to them and effect the things they can.
Thank you again

Cllr Maureen Smith
Cllr Maureen Smith
10 years ago

Hi as The only anti nuclear candidate , could I point out that this is only an expected rubber stamping proceedure and the financial hurdles have yet to be delt with i.e. Agreement of a strike price (on shore wind is £10 cheaper than EDF’S ), EU regulations on subsidies and finding an investment partner (even the Chinese have lost interest.)We should be working on Plan B. Where is Tidal power in “the mix”
PS I have informed Baroness Royal That Hinkley Point is in West Somerset . She had not been told this and WS councillors were not invited to the meeting..

Julie Hawkins
Julie Hawkins
10 years ago

I understand the development will require local resources and I hope there will be assurance that the resources will come from locally mined open gravel pits etc. giving more employment to our area. Not shipped in from Scotland or abroad.

this is a good balanced response from Labour – thank you

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