An £18,000 project has been launched to commission new public art to brighten up Burnham-On-Sea’s sea wall. The new Seafront Public Art Project is a partnership between Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and regional arts group Seed, with funds provided by the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation Fund, Sedgemoor District Council, Arts Council England and the National Lottery. The search is on to commission an artist to brighten up the wall between the proposed new seafront play area outside Burnham Holiday Village on the Southern Esplanade up to Burnham’s Pavilion.
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My visit to the city of Hinkley is timely – not only is it the fifth anniversary since the start of full construction but I find myself there amid the UK gas price hikes, with experts suggesting that the energy crisis could accelerate the transition to more renewable forms of energy supported by nuclear back up power. Hinkley Point C delivery director Nigel Cann also feels the current situation adds weight to the nuclear case. “If you look at the energy landscape over the last few months in the UK, I think it’s strengthened the requirements to build new nuclear,” he says. “You’ve seen the price of gas rise which will flow through eventually to electricity supply because around 45% of our electricity is generated through gas. “There’s been a period where we’ve seen low wind so we’ve not got the volume of wind generation we normally expect at this time of year. That could happen any time.” According to Cann, nuclear gives “stability, security and sovereignty”. He adds: “That’s been shown to be important – we need to be in charge of our own energy policy and not reliant on others through gas or interconnectors. We need to be in control of our own energy destiny.” With the gradual winding down of UK nuclear plants, according to Cann only 10% of the country’s energy will be nuclear by the end of the decade, provided by Hinkley and Sizewell B.
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