Working to benefit local people

We know that a project of the scale of Hinkley Point C can have huge effects on the local community; there may be disruption to local traffic, construction noise and impacts on the environment. But there are also enormous opportunities; from new jobs to contracts for local businesses and suppliers as well as our education, skills and training initiatives, local people will gain now and in future generations.

We take our responsibility for minimising local disturbance and creating maximum local benefit very seriously. We have been working with community representatives to put long-term plans in place to ensure it. We are committed to transparency around the work being done, which is why up-to-date and accurate information about the work being done and its likely effects is always available online and at our Visitor Centre in Bridgwater.

The 2019 report ‘Hinkley Point C: Realising the socio-economic benefits’ demonstrates the benefits the project is already delivering for the local community, find out more by reading the report here.

Frequently asked questions

Coronavirus

Q. Why is Hinkley Point C site still open ?

A. The safety of workers and the community is the first priority at Hinkley Point C. The project is significantly reducing activity and a wide range of measures have already been put in place to protect our remaining critical workers and prevent the spread of infection. The project is deemed by Government a project of critical national importance, as it will play a key role in providing the UK with reliable low carbon electricity.

Hinkley Point C will preserve the UK’s specialist nuclear supply chain and its skilled workers by focusing on critical work on nuclear parts of the project. Keeping this capability intact is essential for a project and industry which play a key role in providing reliable electricity and helping the UK reach net zero.

Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has written an open letter to construction workers, which can be read here, thanking them for their support in this joint national effort.

Q. What steps has the project taken in response to the Coronavirus pandemic?

A. Updated 1 April - In the coming days the following measures will be introduced:

  • We will take steps to concentrate our workforce on-site and out of the local community. From Monday, workers who lodge locally will begin to be housed in our Campus facilities free of charge.
  • Bus routes will begin to be streamlined and from Monday buses will not stop en route to/from Site in Bridgwater. Buses will only collect/drop-off at our Park & Ride facilities. Outside of Bridgwater, we will look to phase out/minimise other community bus stops as soon as possible.
  • Floor markings and assistants at our Park & Ride sites will aid safe queuing.
  • Thermal imaging cameras will be installed at Park & Ride sites and the main Site entrance to identify anyone with a high temperature.
  • Additional walkways will be introduced to allow travel on foot between North, East and West Welfare buildings.
  • People will be on hand at Park & Rides and canteens to engage with people ensuring floor markings are used and social distancing achieved.
  • Investigation into additional measures to further look after our cashiers and workers in our canteens.

 

As well as the new actions above, the following measures, which are already in place, continue to provide protection:

  • Significantly reduced numbers on site from around 4,000 to around 2,000
  • Manual body temperature checks at the Site entrance
  • Extra buses to limits numbers on buses to facilitate social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning of buses, canteens, building handrails, door handles, desks, eating areas, welfare facilities, toilets, etc. (touch points)
  • Floor markers and protocols in canteens, plus closure of East canteen
  • Meeting rooms converted to provide additional areas available for breaks giving extra space
  • Changes to Hinkley Health entrance to protect workforce
  • Increased information, posters and announcements on Site to remind people to follow the new rules

 

Q. What will be the impact on the local economy?

A: We are aware that many people and families in the locality depend on us and we will work with them to mitigate the impact of our reduced activity. We will consider how our resources can be used to help the community in the current crisis.

Q. How are you making decisions?

A. We are following Government advice and taking expert advice to protect our remaining workforce and the community. We will also continue to work with the trade unions and our supply chain to keep people safe and help them deal with the developing situation.

Q. I have workers lodging with me what should I do?

A. We will take steps to concentrate our workforce on-site and out of the local community. Our non-home-based workers will be moved into our two campus facilities, thereby limiting the number of workers living in the community.

Q. I am a landlord how can I get support?

A. The Government has a range of support in place and some is specifically for landlords affected by COVID-19. Find out more here

HGVs

The current Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) limit is 500 vehicle movements per day.

What is a vehicle movement defined as?

A one-way journey counts as a single vehicle movement. For example, a HGV travelling from a freight management facility to the Hinkley Point C site constitutes a single vehicle movement. The HGV return journey from site would then count as another vehicle movement.

To help put this into context, approximately 16,000 vehicles are on the A39 south of Cannington every day.

How does this affect EDF Energy’s commitment to move 80% of construction materials by sea?

EDF is committed to delivering 80% of the aggregate materials needed by sea. The jetty is now operational, with each barge delivering the equivalent of 300 lorry loads of aggregate. 

What hours of the day are HGVs allowed to travel to Hinkley Point C?

HGV deliveries are not permitted on the local highway network between the hours of 22:00 and 07:00 (Monday to Saturday), other than in exceptional circumstances agreed with the Somerset authorities. HGVs on the local highway network on Sundays or on public holidays are not permitted.

Will there be HGV movements on a Sunday?

We are not seeking to change the existing permission in relation to Sundays - HGV deliveries on Sundays or public holidays are not permitted.

What is being done to improve transport infrastructure?

Over £20 million of road improvement schemes have already been delivered in Somerset, on the routes to Hinkley Point, leaving a permanent legacy of safer roads.

Recently delivered improvements include:

  • Cannington Bypass
  • Increasing the width of the highway at the A38 Bristol Road/The Drove junction
  • A new left turn slip road to improve operation of the Wylds Road/The Drove Junction
  • Upgrades to signal arrangements and carriageway alignment at the A39 Broadway/A38 Taunton Road Junction
  • Two new roundabouts at points on the road network that had evidence of frequent accidents

 

Somerset County Council has also been busy delivering (with our financial contributions of over £8million) additional improvements and initiatives in and around Bridgwater, including walking and cycling improvements.

Accommodation Campuses

What accommodation has been built?

Two accommodation campuses have been built as part of the project, one in Bridgwater and one at the Hinkley Point C site, to accommodate workers who move to the area. The Bridgwater campus is the largest of these developments with the site located on part of a former Innovia factory to the north of the A39 (Bath Road).

The campus provides living space and recreational facilities for 986 workers, it is designed with an amenity building which includes a canteen, laundry and gym. One full size and two 5-a-side pitches will also be available on the site for use by our workers and members of the public at certain times. For detail, see table below.

 

Sedgemoor Campus

How do I get a job at Sedgemoor Campus?

If you wish to register your interest in opportunities at the campus, please register your interest online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call a member of the team on 0800 029 4289.  

To see positions currently available, please click here.

How do I book a room at Sedgemoor Campus?

The campuses are for the Hinkley Point C workforce only and are being managed by HOST. To book a room at Sedgemoor Campus please visit, host-somerset.co.uk.

What will happen with the Sedgemoor Campus site once Hinkley Point C no longer need the accommodation?

After being used for Hinkley Point C, the buildings may be removed but key infrastructure will be maintained for future development. We’ve been working closely with Sedgemoor District Council and the infrastructure we’re developing fits well with their long-term plans for Bridgwater.

Aren’t the workers going to cause problems?

We don’t expect them to. They will be working hard when on shift and we have provided comprehensive facilities, including sports pitches and welfare facilities, to allow space to relax and wind-down when not working.

Additionally, all of our workers have to sign up to our code of conduct and we expect them to comply with this. If they don’t, we will take action. We have also developed comprehensive plans to support our workers and neighbouring communities to ensure there is successful integration. The police have additional resource and Sedgemoor District Council have been funded to have an extensive package of community support. You can find out more by contacting Kristy Blackwell at the Together Team on 01278 435216.

What are you doing with all the other land you own nearby?

We’re responsibly managing the land we’ve acquired, including Sydenham Manor, the listed building we own. It’s probable that land not required for the Hinkley Point C temporary campus will be sold for residential and commercial development, and we’ll continue to work with the Council to align with their long-term plans where possible for this area. Our core business is producing low carbon electricity.

Will we receive any compensation for the inconvenience that the works on Bath Road and the grass verge have caused?

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that these works have caused. There are a number of ways in which this inconvenience is addressed:

1. If you feel your property has reduced in value as a direct result of the works being carried out, there are legal protections available to you. You should seek independent legal advice on this matter.

2. Community Funds totalling £20million have been established to mitigate the impact of the Hinkley Point C project on the local community. Please visit hpcfunds.co.uk to understand how these funds can benefit your area. It is important to note that individuals cannot bid for money but this will need to be done by an established community group, local authority or charity.

3. Funds have already been granted to support the Sydenham Together project and to enhance Coronation Park.

4. HOST is the joint venture who manages the campus and they have outlined the following times and prices for the community use of the sports facilities:

DaysTimesPrices
Monday to Sunday9am - 9pm

5-a-side football pitch: £20 per hour

3G 11-a-side football pitch: £40 per hour or £60 for 2 hours

To book, or for further information, please email Hinkley Leisure at info@hinkleyleisure.com.

5. HOST are recruiting local residents to work as an integral part of the team to manage and operate the campus. There will be training and career opportunities as part of this.

Has the development affected the flood risk in the area?

The new drainage plan, which has been designed with and approved by the relevant authorities, has reduced the flood risk to the area.

The drainage arrangements are split into two areas: A. the area of the new campus, and B. the area of the new roadways

A. The area of the campus largely extends over the former Innovia site which had a significant amount of impermeable landscaping draining. The campus drainage has been designed to link in with the drainage masterplan for the area and catch storm water hitting impermeable surfaces such as roads and roofs and allowing it to drain into a new rhyne. This rhyne is 800m long and extends nearly half the circumference of the site. This new storage rhyne pumps out to the wider rhyne network.

B. The drainage system that has been approved for the roadways employs a 40m-long storage tank and a flow control devise, storing and slowly letting water into the combined sewer in the Bath Road.

Why is the bus stop so large and the grass verge so small?

The original plans provided for an on-carriageway bus stop. However, Bath Road is the A39 and is the main arterial route into Bridgwater from the east. There is therefore a need to ensure that traffic is not held up when buses are setting down and picking up passengers. There is also a risk that the operation of the junction would be impacted if the bus stop were kept on carriageway.

The bus stop has been designed with dimensions sufficient to enable vehicles to exit the A39 and decelerate in a safe manner prior to coming to a stop. The layout also enables buses to be kept clear of the running carriageway to ensure they do not interrupt the flow of traffic on the A39. The exit taper has been designed to enable buses to merge safely on to the A39.

There is also a need to ensure that facilities for all road users are provided for when new junctions are provided. These facilities must be designed with all road users in mind, including less confident cyclists. Where possible, off road cycle facilities should be provided and a width of 3.5m is recommended to provide for an effective separation between cyclists and pedestrians.

The scheme was therefore adjusted to incorporate these items resulting in the verge being reduced and the hard standing being increased.

Combwich Wharf

What construction will take place at Combwich Wharf?

The existing wharf will be refurbished to allow large loads to be brought in by sea.

Will lorries travel through Combwich village to get to the wharf?

An existing private road will be used to transport deliveries arriving at the wharf, it leads straight onto the C182.

When will the works take place?

Works have commenced at the site, with the bulk of construction due to be complete by early 2021. The construction team will carry out the final pieces of work, such as landscaping, in Spring of 2021.

What works are already complete?

  • Initial contractor compound set up is complete
  • Works to the private access road are complete
  • Environmental elements such as the mammal crossing and otter fencing have been carried out
  • Construction and commissioning of the welfare facilities are complete 
  • Installation of services is complete 

 

What works can be expected in Spring 2020? 

  • Works to the temporary flood defence bund 
  • Works to the Combwich Motor Boat and Sailing Club access road 
  • Stone to be brought up to level and completed 
  • Dredging activities in early April 
  • Commence demolition and temporary works on the Abnormal Loads Quay (ALQ)

 

How often will dredging activities take place?

You can expect to see dredging activities taking place more regularly in the coming years, as the wharf receives an increased number of deliveries.

How is construction noise monitored?

Whilst we make every effort to keep noise disruption to a minimum, noise monitoring, which has been approved by Sedgemoor District Council, is in place. They are notified of any noise exceedances.

What are the working hours for construction?

Construction activity is permitted to take place between the following times:

Monday to Friday – 0800 to 1900

Saturday – 0800 to 1300

The workforce may complete start-up and shut-down activities outside of these hours.

Do you have any information regarding recent deliveries?

Combwich Wharf has already facilitated a number of deliveries for Hinkley Point C, learn more about the deliveries here:

Main Fuel Tanks 

Tunnel Boring Machine Equipment 

Noise Mitigation 

Are there any other sources of information?

In January 2020 EDF presented the latest plans, which have now been approved by Sedgemoor District Council, to the Parish Council and local residents. To view the presentation please click here.

Can I receive notifications regarding the works taking place at Combwich?

We are trialling an email notification system so that residents can be kept up to date with activities taking place.

If you would like to be included on the email distribution, please send us your email address and name, mentioning the Combwich Wharf Distribution List in your enquiry here

What funding is available to Combwich residents?  

Funding of £500,000 is available to communities in Combwich.

Here are a few examples of where the monies are already benefiting local residents:

  • Combwich Motor Boat and Sailing Club purchased a Cornish gig boat and other associated equipment to support ongoing development of new sporting opportunities in the parish
  • Installation of local noticeboards
  • Purchase of IT equipment for the local primary school
  • Support of Combwich Community Choir

 

If you have an idea for future projects that could benefit from the funding, you can take it forward via the Otterhampton Parish Council clerk.  

Alternatively, if you would like to apply for funding outside the area of Combwich, please contact Somerset Community Foundation.

For general questions about the project, please visit the About Hinkley Point C page. 

Being part of the community

Hinkley Point C has already created 6,500 jobs, with a total of 25,000 job opportunities set to be created throughout the construction period. The project is also providing a boost to the local economy with significant prospects for businesses in the local area. We have also delivered substantial improvements to the local infrastructure, from skills centres to bypasses. Through Hinkley Point C, people of all ages have access to vital education and personal development programmes.

We have also set up a £20 million Community Fund for improvements for communities most affected by the development of Hinkley Point C. Over half of the fund has already been spent in supporting a number of exciting projects and good causes.

Within this section:

Being a good neighbour

Our Main Site, Community and Transport Forums meet regularly, helping us to keep in touch with our closest neighbours and offer regular updates on progress.

More information, including the notes and supporting documents for the meetings of the Main Site, Community and Transport Forums, is available here

Within this section:

Plugged in

Find out about the latest progress being made on site and what's happening in the local community, in the Autumn 2019 edition of Plugged in.

 

In this edition...

Get involved in our Hinkley forums

Our Main Site, Community and Transport Forums meet regularly, helping us to keep in touch with our closest neighbours and offer regular updates on progress.

Community Forum

The Community Forum provides a way for EDF Energy and representatives of the local community to discuss the new nuclear build project at Hinkley Point C. This is in addition to the Site Stakeholder Group, a long-standing body that considers all matters relating to the Hinkley Point A and B stations.

The Community Forum meets quarterly, with more than 75 groups represented. Members discuss and advise EDF Energy on key issues affecting the community and work with us to minimise the impact and maximise the benefits of new nuclear build to those living in the area.

Meeting notes and related forum papers are available here.

If you represent a local group or organisation and would be interested in joining the Community Forum, please contact us on 0333 009 7070

Transport Forum

We launched the Transport Forum in February 2011, in order to provide a means for regular discussion between EDF Energy and representatives of the local community on the transport strategy. At meetings our members discuss and advise EDF Energy on key issues affecting the local road network and work to minimise the impacts to those living in the area.

Meeting notes and related forum papers are available here.

Main Site Forum

As part of our consultation we have established a Main Site Forum to provide a mechanism for regular discussion between EDF Energy and those neighbouring the Hinkley Point C site.

The Main Site Forum started in April 2011. Members discuss and advise EDF Energy on key issues affecting those living closest to the main site.

Meeting notes and related forum papers are available here.

Community bus service

 

At the request of Stogursey Parish Council the community bus service has been suspended until further notice. 

 

We offer a free bus service for local residents between Bridgwater and Minehead. Buses are available from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Bridgwater - Minehead

via Nether Stowey - Watchet - Blue Anchor

To view the timetable, please click on the link below.

Service No.HPCHPCHPC
Bridgwater Bus Station09:4011:4013:40
Cannington Cemetery09:5511:5513:55
Combwich, Crossway Farm09:5911:5913:59
Stogursey, Acland Arms10:0912:0914:09
Nether Stowey, Pooles Close10:2412:2414:24
Nether Stowey, Castle Street10:2612:2614:26
Holford, Plough Inn10:3312:3314:33
Kilve, The Hood Arms10:3812:3814:38
Doniford, Letter-box10:4712:4714:47
Watchet, Liddymore Road Shops10:5212:5214:52
Watchet, WSR Rail Station10:5612:5614:56
Blue Anchor, Driftwood Cafe11:0613:0615:06
Carhampton, Communtiy Hall11:1413:1415:14
Dunster Steep11:1713:1715:17
Minehead Parade11:2313:2315:23
Minehead Lidl11:2713:2715:37

Minehead - Bridgwater

via Blue Anchor - Watchet -  Nether Stowey

To view the timetable, please click on the link below.

Service No.HPCHPCHPC
Minehead Lidl10:0011:3513:35
Minehead Parade10:1011:4513:45
Dunster Steep10:1611:5113:51
Carhampton, Communtiy Hall10:1911:5413:54
Blue Anchor, Driftwood Cafe10:2712:0214:02
Watchet, WSR Rail Station10:3712:1214:12
Watchet, Liddymore Road shops10:4112:1614:16
Doniford, Letter-box10:4612:2114:21
Kilve, The Hood Arms10:5512:3014:30
Holford, Plough Inn11:0012:3514:35
Nether Stowey, Pooles Close11:0812:4314:43
Nether Stowey, Castle Street11:1012:4514:45
Stogursey, Acland Arms11:2412:5914:59
Combwich, Crossway Farm11:3313:0815:08
Cannington Cemetery11:3713:1215:12
Bridgwater Bus Station11:5213:2715:27

Sports facilities

The outdoor sports pitches at our accommodation campuses are available to the public for hire on a first come, first served basis. The facilities are suitable for a range of sporting activities, including five-a-side football, basketball and tennis.

Charges apply to members of the public wishing to hire these facilities. This charge contributes to the cost of general maintenance and use of exterior flood lights.

DaysTimesPrices

Monday to Sunday

9am - 9pm

5-a-side football pitch: £20 per hour

3G 11-a-side football pitch: £40 per hour or £60 for 2 hours

To book, or for further information, please email Hinkley Leisure at info@hinkleyleisure.com.

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Contact us

The best way to contact us is by completing our online enquiry form.

Call us on 0333 009 7070 (24 hour free phone number).

Stop by our visitor centre in the Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ.

Write to us at: Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ

If you have a question about your EDF bill or account, contact our customer services team on 0333 200 5100 or find out more here.

For media enquiries, email media@edfenergy.com.