The changing face of Hinkley Point

Bridgwater Mercury: The changing face of Hinkley Point The changing face of Hinkley Point

THIS dramatic aerial photo shows the scale of the proposed building project at the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

EDF Energy, which has applied to build the new plant, this week released the picture, detailing how preparation works are progressing.

Spokesman Gordon Bell said the site has “dramatically changed” since work began on the site of the proposed Hinkley C.

He said: “Contractors have found significantly more asbestos materials left over from the construction of the A and B stations than expected.

“We anticipate that this work will be completed towards the end of this year, after which large-scale earth-moving activities should commence.”

Meanwhile, a senior councillor at Somerset County Council has described the Hinkley building project as “bigger than the Olym-pics”.

Speaking to the Mercury, deputy leader David Hall said: “The project is the biggest in Western Europe and will bring many opportunities, but also issues, to resolve.”

Last week, the county council, Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council gave their views on some of the written representations made about the EDF application so far.

The authorities backed calls from the police and fire services for greater work to be done on managing transport to and from the site.

Sedgemoor leader Duncan McGinty said: “The process of examining a project of this scale is new and relatively untested, and could be seen as daunting to the public.

“It’s vital as local authorities that we represent communities with concerns about the impact of the project and the economic impact of traffic congestion in Bridgwater.”

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7:43am Sat 9 Jun 12

Amused&Bemused says...

Without planning......LOL
Without planning......LOL Amused&Bemused
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8:18am Sat 9 Jun 12

Samej1 says...

Sorry but you've got it wrong again - this doesn't show the 'scope of the proposed building project' but only the works associated with removal of asbestos.
Sorry but you've got it wrong again - this doesn't show the 'scope of the proposed building project' but only the works associated with removal of asbestos. Samej1
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5:55pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Amused&Bemused says...

All of which has been taken to warpole land fill. Great idea one side of Bridgwater to the other. God knows why????
All of which has been taken to warpole land fill. Great idea one side of Bridgwater to the other. God knows why???? Amused&Bemused
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9:50am Sun 10 Jun 12

jojo1960uk says...

Sickening disregard for logic and the future of safe energy production. This is all about money - nothing more. Its certainly not about sustainable power or concern for the planet and its inhabitants. We still do not know the extent of the pollution and damage caused by Fukushima.... yet they want to build more and more of these abominations. One way or another we will pay for this.
Sickening disregard for logic and the future of safe energy production. This is all about money - nothing more. Its certainly not about sustainable power or concern for the planet and its inhabitants. We still do not know the extent of the pollution and damage caused by Fukushima.... yet they want to build more and more of these abominations. One way or another we will pay for this. jojo1960uk
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7:17pm Fri 22 Jun 12

TheoLS says...

That's only a portion of the ground they want to clear before they've even got planning permission to finish. And then they may decide they can't afford the investment and pull out anyway. Disgraceful.
That's only a portion of the ground they want to clear before they've even got planning permission to finish. And then they may decide they can't afford the investment and pull out anyway. Disgraceful. TheoLS
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