Three communities in west Somerset which “rely on tourism” will receive more than £70,000 over the next three years to promote the local area – but locals are worried about what happens when the money runs out. EDF Energy pledged to set aside funding to promote tourism in the communities most affected by the Hinkley Point C power station as part of the planning consent granted to it by the government. Somerset West and Taunton Council has confirmed how a total of £72,000 will be spent in Minehead, Porlock and Watchet between now and 2022. But local councillors have raised concerns that further funding will be needed after this time to sustain the appeal of these communities to those visiting the area.
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Fresh doubts about the French group building Britain’s new nuclear reactors have emerged after safety regulators imposed a further delay on a similar plant under construction in France. The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) ordered EDF, the country’s state-owned electrician, to repair eight faulty welds on the European pressurised reactor (EPR) that is it is building at Flamanville in Normandy. The decision means that the reactor, which was to come on stream in 2012, will now be delayed until the end of 2022 at the earliest, according to officials at the nuclear watchdog. Critics said the fiasco raised questions over the strategy pursued by EDF, which is involved in the construction of two EPRs at Hinkley Point in Somerset for a cost of £19.7 billion. EDF is shouldering two thirds of the investment at Hinkley Point C and China General Nuclear Power, the Chinese state group, the rest. Yannick Rousselet, nuclear campaigns director at Greenpeace France, said the group had been in “denial” over safety issues at Flamanville since 2013. “This scandalous attitude over nuclear safety which has now led to the unequivocal decision of the ASN undermines the credibility of the entire EPR programme and EDF’s industrial strategy,” he said While there is no suggestion that EDF intends to pull out of the Hinkley Point C plant, which is designed to supply 7 per cent of the UK’s energy, the repeated difficulties at Flamanville have been seized upon by its detractors as proof that it lacks the know-how to undertake a project on such a scale.
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