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Rubbish and recycling collections will be two days later from Monday 25th to Friday 29th December, and one day later between Monday 1st to Friday 5th January. A Bank Holiday Collection leaflet from the Somerset Waste Partnership is available here: Icon for pdf Christmas & New Year Refuse Collections 2017/2018 [22.09KB]

Frequently Asked Questions


Click on the frequently asked questions below to view the answers.

Who Granted planning permission for the development?

In March 2013, the Secretary of State granted planning permission in the form of a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the construction of Hinkley Point C.

EDF Energy applied for planning permission from the local council, West Somerset, to prepare a 170+ hectare site for the project. Among the 100 or so conditions applied to the planning permission from West Somerset for the Site Preparation were several relating to what would happen if the power plant project was not constructed. In that event, the land would be reinstated. Site preparation work began in January 2012 and is continuing on site.

The site preparation consent has a separate legal agreement which sets out things the developer (EDFE) need to do and finance that must be provided to Councils and other bodies to take action to maximise local benefits from the project and reduce negative impacts. Work is underway in Sedgemoor to train local people, support local businesses, monitor planning conditions, as well as plan for new housing and community schemes

The DCO phase of the development started in November 2014 and runs in parallel with the site preparation works. For more information on the plans visit the EDF Energy Website

What has planning permission been granted for?

The construction of two European pressurised water reactors (EPR) as a nuclear power station with a generating capacity of 3260MW at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. For more information on the plans visit the  EDF Energy Website

What else is proposed for the site apart from the reactors?

There are plans for 16 ancillary buildings including staff facilities, offices and workshops. Other requirements are cooling water tunnels extending several miles out to sea, waste storage, a 14m high sea wall, a substation, an information centre, a temporary jetty, temporary accommodation for 510 workers and landscaping. For more information on the plans visit the EDF Energy Website

What is meant by 'associated development'?

As part of the application there are proposals for several linked items of infrastructure that are referred to as 'associated development'. These comprise of temporary accommodation for construction workers (both on the main power station site and in Bridgwater); two park and ride sites in Bridgwater, and one each in Cannington and Williton; two freight handling facilities in Bridgwater (on joint sites with the proposed park and ride facilities); a temporary jetty and harbour at Hinkley Point itself; reconstruction of an existing wharf at Combwich and a new freight laydown area; a bypass around Cannington and other improvements to roads and road junctions in the area. For more information on the plans visit the EDF Energy Website

Who do I speak to if I have concerns or complaints about the project?

EDF are responsible for managing all complaints relating to the project including traffic and transport.

General enquiries and complaints - EDF Energy free phone number 0800 096 9650 or complete their enquiries form

Some complaints may trigger the Council Statutory duties to investigate e.g. Planning or Environmental Health or Housing - Sedgemoor District Council on 0300 303 7800

Not all transport works will be EDF, if you require more information on a scheme that is a Somerset County Council scheme, please contact their Transport and Highway team who are responsible for this on 0300 123 2224

Has the work on site already started?

EDF Energy applied for planning permission from the local council, West Somerset, to prepare a 170+ hectare site for the project. Among the 100 or so conditions applied to the planning permission from West Somerset for the site preparation were several relating to what would happen if the power plant project was not constructed. In that event, the land would be reinstated. Site preparation work began in January 2012.

Over the summer of 2014, there have been preparatory works, which were authorised under the Site Preparation Works, for which West Somerset Council granted planning permission in early 2012. They allowed for key elements of site infrastructure, including access roundabouts, haul roads and drainage works. The programme of work has been carefully planned to keep disruption to local communities to a minimum. 

Site preparation activities (Phase 2) are advanced. On the 1 July 2015, the Main Site at HPC was placed into Care and Maintenance whilst the Final Investment Decision (FID) was awaited. The is because progress towards the FID has not gone as quickly as EDF Energy would have liked so they made the decision to not start any new elements of work on site and have had to relocate many members of the workforce to other projects. Prior to this, significant progress has been made and various enabling works have been completed on site, such as the Holford culvert, the concrete batching plant and the main entrances to the site.

Has the work on the 'associated development' sites already started?

In undertaking the site preparation works at the main site, EDF Energy have started using the Junction 24 park and ride and freight management facility at the old Somerfield building.  Further works will be undertaken at this site in order for it to function at full capacity.

The Taunton Road/Broadway junction works in Bridgwater are now complete

The additional improvements required at the Sandford Corner roundabout have also now been completed.

Construction on the Cannington Bypass began in November 2014 and was completed ahead of schedule in December 2015.  Landscaping and additional planting around the bypass will be completed in Spring 2016.

Elsewhere, you may notice ecology work and site clearance taking place at the Cannington and Junction 23 park and ride sites. 

For more information on the plans visit the EDF Energy Website

What is Sedgemoor District Council's view on the project?

The Council has expressed its views publicly on a number of occasions and these are recorded on our website. The Council is determined to ensure it secures the best outcome for its communities that it can through the project. In August 2012, the Council voted to support the signing of a Section 106 agreement with EDF and a Statement of Common Ground to the effect that all principle issues had been resolved.

The Council continues to work hard with EDF Energy, Somerset County Council, West Somerset Council and all other stakeholders in order to achieve the best outcomes for the community as the development progresses.

How long will Hinkley Point C take to build?

It will take around nine years. One reactor will be operational first with the second following on around 18 months later. The land used for the plant will be much less than that for the construction site so those parts not required for the permanent development will be restored and landscaped.

What working hours will operate on site during construction?

EDF Energy is proposing to operate shifts for the building work which at its peak could involve as many as 5,600 workers. On weekdays work will start between 6am and 7.30am and finish between 10pm and midnight. At weekends work will stop at 3pm. At key stages of construction it might be necessary to work through the night.  If you have any concerns or wish to make a complaint, please contact EDF Energy on free phone 0800 096 9650 (24 hours) or complete their enquiries form

How long will the power plant operate?

It is expected to operate and produce power for about 60 years with decommissioning taking 100 years after that. That does not include the Spent Fuel Store.

Who decides whether the Nuclear reactors are safe or not?

Matters of safety in relation to nuclear power are dealt with by the Office for Nuclear Regulation. For more information on this please go to the HSE Website

What are they going to do with the radioactive waste?

The waste will be stored on site until a national Geological Disposal Facility is available. The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) is an independent body established to provide independent scrutiny and advice on the UK's management of radioactive waste. For more information please go to the CoRWM website

What are the large vehicles travelling through Bridgwater to Hinkley Point for?

There are a number of Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AILs) that will need to be delivered to the site using the highway network. These will all have a police escort and are controlled and coordinated by the Police and EDF Energy. If you require further information please contact EDF Energy on free phone 0800 096 9650 (24 hours) or complete their enquiries form.

What is happening at Junction 24 of the M5?

The Council granted temporary consent for an interim park and ride facility at Junction 24, which was implemented in June 2014 and ran to May 2015. This permission allowed a maximum of 345 car parking spaces, 12 motorcycle spaces and 8 cycle parking spaces; a freight management facility for a maximum of 60  HGVs, 39 for parking and 21 for incident management; an interim postal courier facility; Temporary portacabins up to a maximum of 6 at any one time;  Other miscellaneous works (e.g. removal of various structures) and the addition of street furniture and equipment necessary to safely and efficiently operate the site.  The freight management facility continues to be operational and has now passed over to the facility as permitted by the Development Consent Order, although further works will take place at this site in the future to construct more parking spaces, amongst other features.

Highway works at the Taunton Road/Broadway junction

This was an EDF highway improvement scheme to improve capacity and safety for pedestrians and cyclists at this junction. The construction works commenced in January 2014 and are now complete.  If you require further information please contact Somerset County Council or EDF Energy on free phone 0800 096 9650 (24 hours) or complete their enquiries form.

What can I do if I am disturbed by lorries going to and from the site?

The lorries going to the site must follow set routes and the drivers are aware of this. They must also display a sign in the front windscreen if they are making a delivery to Hinkley Point C.  If you have any concerns about the movement of lorries and you think they might be connected with the project, please contact EDF Energy on free phone 0800 096 9650 (24 hours) or complete their enquiries form

How do I go about getting a job at Hinkley Point C?

There is a Jobs Brokerage developed with Jobcentre Plus aimed at matching vacancies with local people. For more information, email EDF Energy at hinkley-jobs@edf-energy.com, call them on 01278 436132 or visit the EDF Energy Website.

If you would like to find out more about the current opportunities to support employment and skills; training, volunteering, events and work experience placements with Sedgemoor District Council, please visit Opportunities or contact the Employment and Skills Outreach Worker on 0300 303 7800

How do I get a job at the training centre at Cannington Court?

Please go directly to the contractors - Workplace Solutions, a company of ENGIE (formerly Cofely GDF Suez) or contact the EDF Brokerage.

I run a tourist attraction - what are you doing for the tourist industry?

Sedgemoor and the other local authorities who signed a legal agreement attached to the planning permission for the power station project are working with the relevant industry bodies and EDF Energy to assist tourism businesses during the construction phase. The agreement provides funding to enable the industry to take advantage of the opportunities the project will bring - such as the influx of workers, their families and friends; a new visitors' centre and increased investment in the area. The funding is also intended to help with the dissemination of information, monitoring the impact on the sector and measures that make up for or compensate for impacts. If you have any queries on this or want more details, please contact the Tourism Officer at Sedgemoor District Council on 0300 303 7805

What benefit will the proposed station be to the community?

EDF Energy's vision for the project includes making sure the investment makes the maximum contribution to the local economy. It will create jobs and further investment in the area. The company has agreed with the local authorities a range of initiatives to mitigate any adverse effects. It has also agreed requirements governing the way it goes about the construction. EDF Energy is making £20m available as a Community Fund to mitigate the impacts of the development not covered by any other mitigation measures.

Who can I talk to if I would like to apply to the Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) Fund?

If you are a Sedgemoor-based group, please check out all the information on West Somerset Council's website West Somerset - Application to the CIM Fund - and then please call us in Communities Development and Wellbeing Team who can advise you on 0300 303 7805

I have a room I would like to rent out to a Hinkley construction worker. What do I do?

If you have a room you would like to rent to a Hinkley construction worker you can visit the Somerset Homelet

Alternatively you can contact EDF Energy via email Hinkley-accommodation@edf-energy.com, telephone free on 0800 096 9650 or visit the EDF Energy website

Who do I speak to if I have concerns about the project?

EDF are responsible for managing all complaints relating to the project including traffic and transport.

If you have any queries about the work you should contact EDF Energy via:

  • EDF Energy Visitor Centre: Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ Open 9:30am-4pm Mon-Fri 9:30am-1pm on Saturday

  • Email: EDF - HPC Enquiries

  • Free phone: 0800 0969650

Some complaints may trigger the Council Statutory duties to investigate e.g. Planning or Environmental Health or Housing - Sedgemoor District Council on 0845 4082540

Not all transport works will be EDF, if you require more information on a scheme that is a Somerset County Council scheme, please contact their Transport and Highway team who are responsible for this on 0845 345 9155

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