On Wednesday 16th May, Bridgwater will host it's own 'Open Floor Hearing' where people will have the chance to express their concerns about the local impact of the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station to be built by EDF Energy.
The hearing will take place in Bridgwater Town Hall in front of Commissioners from the NID (National Infrastructure Directorate -formerly IPC/Infrastructure Planning Commission) .
"A co-ordinated response"
Sedgemoor District Labour Group has registered a team of 4 speakers to put the Group's case -Cllr's Julian Taylor , Mick Lerry , Ian Tucker & Leigh Redman and they are calling on other individuals in the town who would like to discuss a co-ordinated reponse to come forward well in advance of the meeting on May 16.
|Cllr Leigh Redman|
Cllr Leigh Redman (Dunwear) says "To speak at the meeting on the 16th you have to be already registered with the IPC/NID and you have to re-register by 5pm on Friday May 4th. We'd like to make contact with anyone else out there who has registered and wishes to speak at this meeting so that we can present the best possible case for Bridgwater."
The Labour group are inviting people to contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
or to come to a special drop in session at
Unity House on
Saturday 28th April between 11am and 1pm.
Labour Group leader Cllr Mick Lerry (Victoria) said "We have major traffic problems even before EDF comes here and we need to impress on them that they need to not add to this. There are other problems concerning housing, community cohesion with a large young and potentially more affluent workforce moving into the area, there's issues of leisure and recreation provision and the whole Community Impact Mitigation Fund needs thrashing out so we really need to present the strongest possible case to the Commissioners."
|Cllr Mick Lerry "The strongest possible case"|
"Concerns about public safety"
Cllr Ian Tucker (Dunwear) said "My concerns are about public safety and what would happen in an emergency."
"We want them to listen!"
Cllr Adrian Moore (Hamp) said "This time we want them to listen and not just pay lip service. People in Bridgwater are getting angry!"