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Police Pair for Hinkley Point

Published: 12th February 2013 08:45

A dedicated beat team has been appointed to support the community near to Hinkley Point and respond to any issues which arise from the building works at the site.

EDF Energy is planning to build a new power station at Hinkley Point which will generate power through two nuclear reactors for around 60 years. West Somerset District Council has granted permission for preliminary works at the site in anticipation that permission for the main work is granted in 2013.Sergeant Steve Crago and PCSO Sue MarksSergeant Steve Crago and PCSO Sue Marks

Several planning consultations have been held in the area by the National Infrastructure Directorate and by March 2013 the Secretary of State for Energy will have made a decision on whether to grant full planning permission for the new power station.

Such a large building project will have an impact on the local community and discussions are ongoing with EDF Energy around mitigating for policing an infrastructure project on this scale. We have agreed there will be a dedicated Hinkley Point beat team for the duration of the project (at least 2021). This beat team will not be funded by the taxpayer and will be in addition to the regular police resources in the area.

The first of these dedicated officers are Sergeant Steve Crago and PCSO Sue Marks. They are working with local communities to identify issues arising from the building work.

Since May 2012 the team has already begun tackling the speed of traffic through Cannington. Working alongside Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, and Cannington Community Speed Watch, speeding traffic has been reduced from 9.8% to the current level of 1.5%.

Volunteers for a new Community Speed Watch for the Stogursey, Shurton and Burton areas and this will be launched shortly. If you live near the C182 and would like to be involved in Community Speed Watch in your area please contact the team (details below).

The Preliminary Works will see an increase in vehicular movement along the roads serving Hinkley Point. With colleagues from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Somerset Road Safety, we plan to deliver road safety initiatives for the lifetime of the build. This starts in December 2012 when the team visits Cannington Primary school delivering various road safety skills to some of our most vulnerable members in our community, school children.

The dedicated Hinkley Beat Team aim to keep you posted on what the Constabulary are doing throughout this build programme, should planning permission be granted in March. If you have any concerns surrounding any element of the development which you think the police can help you with, then please contact Sue or Steve direct on the below numbers / email address.

You can contact Sergeant Steve Crago and PCSO Sue Marks by phoning 101 or contacting them here.

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