Council’s community hub hopes hang on £300k bid to Hinkley Point C
PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 June 2018
A parish council is bidding for hundreds of thousands of pounds from Hinkley Point to fund a community hub after months of ‘chaos’ has been caused by the plant’s development.
Cheddar Parish Council hopes to give the pavilion in Sharpham Road an upgrade with the help of Hinkley Point’s Community Impact Mitigation Fund.
The council is seeking £300,000 from the fund to put towards its project, which will cost around £450,000 in total to complete.
Chairman Peter Colton said: “We have been encouraged to bid for the money because of the impact the Hinkley Point development is having on Cheddar.
“Forty-tonne heavy goods vehicles take materials from Batts Combe Quarry, in Warrens Hill, to the site.
“It causes much traffic chaos, noise and dust in the village.
“Cheddar is supplying more than half the total amount of stone being used in the construction of Hinkley Point C and there are around 150 lorry movements a day, six days a week.
“We chose the pavilion project because we believe it will benefit more people than any other.
“Our fast growing community needs more facilities for people in the village, rather than them battling with traffic to get out of Cheddar.”
Sedgemoor District Council is planning to increase the village’s population by around 26 per cent by 2032, according to its emerging Local Plan.
The village, which is already a popular destination with tourists thanks to Cheddar Gorge and Caves, has seen a number of planning applications for large housing developments submitted over the past few years.
A 90-house development is being built on Upper New Road as well as full, outline and screening applications in for a further 376 houses.
Cllr Colton believes the pavilion would be used by a variety of groups.
He added: “The new wing of the pavilion will be a flexible facility able to accommodate anyone from preschool groups to youth clubs up to U3A classes and private functions.”
The rugby club had made its own plans to develop the pavilion but instead has partnered with the council and the cricket club for the bid.
An open weekend will be held at the Sharpham Road Playing Fields on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.