Our aim is for Hinkley Point C to have a lasting positive impact on Somerset and the South West region. That’s why we’ve put delivery of local benefits at the heart of the project.
Along with the estimated 25,000 job opportunities, boost to the local economy and significant prospects for businesses in the local area, we are delivering improvements to local infrastructure and creating vital education and skills programmes. And that’s not all. Our £20 million Community Fund is providing small grants to help local projects, supporting a community cohesion programme and underpinning our community impact mitigation fund.
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We have set up a £20 million Community Fund for improvements for communities most affected by the development of Hinkley Point C. The first £7.2million of the fund has already supported a number of exciting projects.
Small Grants Programme
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises normally operating on less than £100,000 each year. Grants are awarded for projects, measures or initiatives that help to mitigate impacts felt from the construction of Hinkley Point C. In exceptional circumstances, we may also offer £10,000 grants, over a period of three years.
Community Cohesion Programme
Funding is available for initiatives in local communities that will:
- Help local communities make the most of the opportunities that could arise from a more diverse population
- Help Hinkley Point C workers and families participate fully in their local community
- Help strengthen essential community services to cope with existing and anticipated increases in demand
Community Impact Mitigation Fund
This fund is for projects not meeting the criteria of the Community Cohesion Programme or Small Grants Programme.
Projects must aim to improve the social, economic or environmental wellbeing of communities affected by the development of Hinkley Point C. The project must contribute to either reducing or removing impacts or help your community to take advantage of opportunities presented by Hinkley Point C.
The Beach Hotel prides itself on continually sourcing from and working closely with local producers. The food does the talking on a menu of modern English cuisine with a French influence.
A grant from the Community Fund allowed the new theatre kitchen to be designed and installed. It is now used by both experienced staff and new trainees.
The Together Team works in partnership with local councils, housing providers and the police to promote a strong sense of community within Sydenham and Bower. The Together Team also seeks to increase local community aspirations by encouraging participation and volunteering in order to make the local area an attractive and welcoming place to live, work and enjoy.
Coronation Park and Sydenham Community Hub are two much-needed community projects that the Community Fund was able to support. The venues are designed to bring the community together and provide activities and space for the community to use.
The Wembdon Village Hall and Sport Pitches is a facility built for use by residents of Wembdon as well as the wider Bridgwater community.
The space provides substantial facilities for meetings and events as well as unrivalled sports facilities, parklands and walking areas. The Community Fund contributed an investment to complete this high-profile regeneration project.
Boosting the local economy
A large number of employment opportunities not directly related to Hinkley Point C will be created as a result of the increased local activity. We are working with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce to ensure local suppliers are fully integrated into the whole supply chain.
The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development has calculated that the project can bring £200 million per annum into the regional economy during peak construction and £40 million per annum during the entirety of the planned 60-year operation of the power station.
Local business successes
Somerset companies working with us to form consortiums of local suppliers have secured £440 million of Hinkley Point C site services contracts to date. Local companies will deliver a variety of services such as catering, transport and site accommodation, among others.
Boosting local tourism
Twenty-five thousand employment opportunities across the project not only means a boost to the wider economy, it also represents a major new market for Somerset’s tourism businesses.
Since 2015, we have worked closely with Visit Somerset, Visit Exmoor, Exmoor National Park, local authorities, the County Council, tourism providers and their representatives on a range of tourism projects and initiatives funded through £700,000 of investment from Hinkley Point C.
The construction and operation of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of employment and apprenticeship opportunities in a broad range of occupations and careers including construction, civil engineering, electrical installation, hospitality, catering, logistics, security, site services, support roles and others over the coming years.
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Working with our construction partners, we are delivering education experiences to young people of all ages, encouraging them to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics - known as STEM subjects.
- Inspire is our program for ages up to 16
- Young HPC is for ages from 16 to 21
- Apprenticeships are also available for school leaver
We have joined forces with Sedgemoor District Council, West Somerset Council, North Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council to provide a website that makes it easy to register and rent rooms and properties to our workforce.
It’s also a great tool if you are looking for rental accommodation in the local area.
To register your room or property and search for the perfect local rental accommodation, visit somersethomelet.co.uk. Our dedicated Accommodation Office is on hand if you would like advice or guidance. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0800 096 7360.
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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