|SDC Labour leader Mick Lerry 'welcomes|
community benefit announcement'
Labour leader Cllr Mick Lerry said "The Labour Group have lobbied Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary of State for DECC, and she asked about Community Benefit when the announcement was made on the building of Hinkley C However the Labour Group also wants Community Benefit to be given to the community and Bridgwater during the construction stage of Hinkley C and for the extension of the existing Nuclear Power Stations, where the operation stage has been extended".
The proposals will see the local communities around Hinkley Point C compensated at a rate of £1,000 per Megawatt for the entire operation of the plant. With Hinkley Point C expected to be in operation for 40 years, this could amount to £128 million in funding. The money could be used for a range of local projects for those who will not see any direct and tangible benefits themselves, such as facilities for the elderly and measures to address fuel poverty.
The Labour Group has been playing a key role on SDC as part of cross party campaigning on community benefit contributions for five years, negotiating with Ministers, MPs and civil servants and consistently raising this issue in Parliament, and the Council is delighted to see all this hard work come to fruition.
A Sedgemoor spokesperson said "This announcement will mean the local community will be justly compensated for hosting what is a major national infrastructure project, required in order to meet a national need, but where the impacts are felt locally. This represents a fair settlement for the community affected and ensures consistency with similar forms of community benefit for onshore wind and shale gas."