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.

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6,500

new job opportunities created on site

378

apprenticeships created to date

£9.4 million

delivered to local community projects to date

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.

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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

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What's going on now?

This is an overview of work taking place related to Hinkley Point C that may affect you.

If you’d like to discuss any of the activities listed below, please drop in to the EDF Energy Visitor Centre, Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ. We’re open 9.00am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am-1pm on a Saturday.

For further information you can call us freephone on 0333 009 7070 at any time, or email us at hinkleyenquiries@edf-energy.com.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience these works may cause.

LocationWhat's occurring?
Southern Landscape Area Reseeding of the southern landscape area to improve biodiversity is ongoing.
Material StockpilesProcessing of materials and stockpiling of the remaining material being excavated continues.
Unit 1Following completion of the concrete base for Unit 1, construction of the reactor buildings above the foundation level will commence.
Unit 2Excavation and preparation of the foundations for the Unit 2 area is almost complete. After this, construction of the pre-stressing gallery walls and roof slabs will continue.
JettyVessels will arrive at the jetty in July as part of a programme of training exercises.
Construction areaThe Sarens SGC-250 crane is currently being assembled. It will be the tallest crane on site throughout the entire construction period and will perform some of the heaviest lifts.

Off-site - Combwich Wharf

Dredging and delivery of the tunnel boring machine components was successfully completed in June. Preparation works for the renovation of the wharf are continuing. 

     

Frequently asked questions

HGVs

 

From September 2019 the HGV cap will reduce back to 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 Energy’s commitment to deliver 80% of aggregate material by sea once the jetty is fully operational, which is expected in 2019, remains in place.

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 Friday13:00 - 14:00 and 19:00 - 21:00

5-a-side football pitch: £20 per hour

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

Saturday and Sunday14:00 - 17:00

5-a-side football pitch: £20 per hour

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

You can book to use these facilities on the HOST website here.

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. We will also create a new berth hardstanding to allow vessels to be unloaded when the tide is out. 

When will the works take place?

Between spring 2019 and winter 2020.

What works can we expect in spring 2019?

Early works will begin which will include initial contractor compound set up.

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.

For more information please click here.

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

Plugged in

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

 

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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.

Minutes from the meetings 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.

Minutes from the meetings 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.

Minutes from the meetings are available here.

Community bus service

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 Station094011401340
Cannington Cemetery095511551355
Combwich, Crossway Farm095911591359
Stogursey, Acland Arms100912091409
Nether Stowey, Pooles Close102412241424
Nether Stowey, Castle Street102612261426
Holford, Plough Inn103312331433
Kilve, The Hood Arms103812381438
Doniford, Letter-box104712471447
Watchet, Liddymore Road Shops105212521452
Watchet, WSR Rail Station105612561456
Blue Anchor, Driftwood Cafe110613061506
Carhampton, Communtiy Hall111413141514
Dunster Steep111713171517
Minehead Parade112313231523
Minehead Lidl112713271537

Minehead - Bridgwater

via Blue Anchor - Watchet -  Nether Stowey

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

Service No.HPCHPCHPC
Minehead Lidl100011301330
Minehead Parade101011401340
Dunster Steep101611461346
Carhampton, Communtiy Hall101911491349
Blue Anchor, Driftwood Cafe102711571357
Watchet, WSR Rail Station103712071407
Watchet, Liddymore Road shops104112111411
Doniford, Letter-box104612161416
Kilve, The Hood Arms105512251425
Holford, Plough Inn110012301430
Nether Stowey, Pooles Close110812381438
Nether Stowey, Castle Street111012401440
Stogursey, Acland Arms112412541454
Combwich, Crossway Farm113313031503
Cannington Cemetery113713071507
Bridgwater Bus Station115213221522

Sports facilities

The outdoor sports pitches at Hinkley Campus are now 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.

FacilityLocationTimingsCost

Multi-use courts

Hinkley Campus

Monday to Friday: 19:00 - 21:00

Saturday and Sunday: 14:00 - 17:00

£20 per hour

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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. We are open from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.

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

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