Fear that workers will drain town's resources
PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 January 2012
CONCERNS have been raised over the impact that construction workers at the proposed Hinkley Point C will have on Burnham's resources.
The proposed development for a nuclear power station near Bridgwater has worried many of Burnham and Highbridge’s councillors, who fear that accommodating large numbers of workers could wipe out a great proportion of the town’s tourism and have an impact on services provided by doctors and police.
At Burnham and Highbridge Town Council meeting last week, Councillor Chris Williams voiced concerns over the EDF Energy development and said it is not yet known how much money will be available to enable services such as health, dentists and schools to cope with the influx of hundreds of workers.
He said: “If a large number of extra workers come into the Burnham area we are going to need extra resources.
“Each organisation, such as health services, dentists and schools all operate individually but in a team to try and get an integrated scheme, but we do not yet know how much money will be available for the town.
“The police say at the moment there will be no extra resources.”
The station has stirred up mixed opinions in the area with anti-nuclear group Stop Hinkley protesting against the development and Sedgemoor District Council voting to take part in the site’s examination.
Another concern raised at the meeting was the effect that the large amount of Hinkley workers would have on the town’s low income housing.
Councillor Helen Groves said: “There could be an impact if people settle in the area.
“It’s anticipated that a lot of the workers will settle in Burnham and Highbridge and it’s expected they will settle in low income housing. This will affect the disadvantaged people in the area and this issue needs to be addressed.”