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More time for power plant views

Hinkley Point
The new plant would generate enough power for 5,000,000 homes

The deadline to express views on plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset has been extended by a week.

EDF Energy is now giving people until 18 January to have their say in case the recent bad weather prevented them submitting their views.

The company said it had been encouraged by the level of response to its initial proposals and options.

But the plans have also attracted opposition from some residents.

'Views canvassed'

The energy company has held nine public events across Somerset which have been attended by more than 1,000 people.

The exhibition material will remain on display at its office in King Square, Bridgwater, until the deadline.

Views are being canvassed on both the main power station development and infrastructure away from the main site necessary to support the construction and operation of the plant.

An EDF spokesman said: "We will carefully consider all of the responses before consulting again on our preferred proposals."

He said two new generating units at the site would be capable of supplying enough electricity for around five million homes.

At the peak of construction around 4,000 jobs would be provided on-site with more in the supply chain, he said.

But the Save Cannington Action Group is concerned about the impact of the plant's construction on the village.

The group's spokesman said roads in the area were already overused and could not cope with the extra traffic. The anti-nuclear pressure group Stop Hinkley has also expressed concern.



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