Leader Supports Call for Benefits for Nuclear Host Communities
|Author: Stacey Beaumont||Published: 18th May 2012 09:49|
Cllr Tim Taylor, Leader of West Somerset Council, has welcomed EDF Energy's support for regulated benefit for communities in West Somerset affected by the energy company's proposals to build two new nuclear power reactors at Hinkley Point.
In his address to the first Nuclear Development Forum this week (May 15) Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, the UK subsidiary of the French utility Electricite de France, told members of the forum that it was important that host communities see direct benefits from hosting these projects, and that he hoped to see this principle enshrined in regulations.
Cllr Taylor said: "After the recent French elections and change in leadership, there has been speculation about the future of new nuclear. However, at the meeting EDF Energy assured forum members of its commitment to new nuclear in the UK.
"We are particularly delighted that EDF has stated publicly that it wishes local communities to directly benefit from hosting a project of this nature. It is something we have campaigned long and hard for. We are all too aware that while the project may well bring economic benefits to the area, it will also impact negatively on the lives of local people with traffic congestion, and housing and tourism issues, to name a few.
"We fully support Mr de Rivas's proposals that local people should receive regulated benefit to compensate them for hosting this project given the impact it will undoubtedly have on their lives, if permission is given for the reactors to be built at Hinkley Point in West Somerset."