CAMPAIGNERS are monitoring the traffic “chaos” on the A39 west of Bridgwater they believe will worsen if new power station plans are approved.

The Save Cannington Action Group (SCAG), spearheaded by nuclear expert Alan Beasley, claims EDF Energy’s infrastructure plans for the Hinkley Point C will destroy the village.

With the first stage of EDF’s public consultation now complete, members are keeping watch on busy routes likely to be affected by the development.

Alan said: “We are currently monitoring the level of chaos on the A39.

“The Wessex Water roadworks and the use of rat runs through Wembdon and Durleigh give a good idea of what to expect if the proposals shown in the EDF Hinkley Point C impact report issued in January go ahead.”

The group is also putting together proposals for a new traffic only road linking the Dunball island, crossing north of the Pawlett Hams, and then joining the Hinkley Point road north of Wick.

Alan says the road is worth investigating as it offers many advantages to all stakeholders.

Meanwhile Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said he was left feeling encouraged after meeting Simon Dunford, EDF Energy’s head of off-site development for the Hinkley Point C project, and is preparing to brief parliament.

He said: “They have taken on board the major concerns and are very conscious of the strength of feeling – the protest is not about the plant, it’s the infrastructure and EDF understands that.”

Mr Dunford said: “We will carefully consider all of the responses before consulting again on our preferred proposals later this year.”