20 Apr 11

Most local residents welcome EDF Energy's investment plans for Hinkley C

The majority of people in Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset, surveyed in a new poll, think that the £100 million of investment proposed by EDF Energy as part of its plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will have a positive impact on the area.

The research shows that 75% of respondents think that EDF Energy's proposed £100 million of investment will have an impact, with 53% saying it will have a big impact. Only 9% say the investment will have no impact.

As part of the £100 million investment, EDF Energy has proposed a £20 million Community Fund, which was increased from £1 million after consultation.

Almost two thirds of people consider the increased sum to be either about right (54%) or too big (9%), with just 17% saying it is too small.

The investment is subject to planning approval being given for Hinkley Point C.

The Community Fund was proposed by EDF Energy to cover those effects on local quality of life which are not addressed by other mitigation measures relating to the Hinkley Point C project. The fund would be allocated by communities and local authorities to invest in areas of priority need. The survey canvassed views on where the money should be spent, with the top issues being: recreational facilities for children and young people; community amenities; education; and transport.

The poll, undertaken by ICM and commissioned by EDF Energy, surveyed more than 1,000 people by telephone between 30 March and 7 April 2011 in the Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset districts.

Richard Mayson, Director of Planning and External Affairs for EDF Energy New Nuclear Build, said: "We're grateful to those people who took part in the recent poll. The results show a high degree of support for our investment plans. In addition to the community fund, these include a multi-million pound range of funds and contributions in housing, colleges, skills, services and transport and highways improvements that should be of lasting benefit to the community.

"Following our updated consultation last month, we are now reviewing the feedback received before submitting our application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission later this year."