BRIDGWATER Town Council said it will ‘co-ordinate a response’ with the district council to EDF’s plans to increase its peak workforce at Hinkley Point C (HPC) by more than 50% once coronavirus measures are lifted. Last week, EDF announced it aims to increase the number of workers on the HPC site from 5,600 people to 8,500 people. It said any increase will only happen once coronavirus restrictions have been lifted and the focus of the project right now is on the safety of the local community and workforce. But at a special town council meeting on Thursday (February 7) councillors said the changes will put ‘an inevitable pressure’ on rented accommodation. The meeting was called by the town council’s energy spokesman Cllr Leigh Redman amid fears of lack of consultation by the energy giant. Councillor Brian Smedley, leader of Bridgwater Town Council, said: “Despite EDF claiming that the dramatic worker uplift is not a divergence from the original DCO and that they don’t need to consult, we note that it is and that they have.
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