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Hinkley C "to go ahead" despite Brexit

The boss of EDF has said that Brexit has “no impact” on the business and strategy of the company in the UK, including its plans to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.

Computer image of proposed Hinkley C Credit: EDF

"As of today, we believe that this vote has no impact on our strategy, and the strategy (...) for our UK subsidiary has not changed. Our business strategy is not linked to Great Britain’s political affiliation with the European Union, so we have no reason to change it."

– Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Chairman

Mr Levy emphasised in particular that there should be no fears of reconsidering plans to construct two EPR nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point , a gigantic £18 billion project (around 22 billion euros at current exchange rates), which is being challenged by the Group’s French trade unions and for which a final investment decision is pending.

“I would just point out that in the last few days, spokespeople on energy issues for the Brexit camp – notably Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom – have on numerous occasions and again in recent days come out in favour of maintaining the decarbonisation policy, of maintaining the nuclear option, and of maintaining the Hinkley Point project. Therefore there are no consequences from this vote today."

– Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Chairman

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Noisy Gloucester neighbour ordered to pay £2,800

A noisy neighbour who breached orders to turn down loud music has been ordered to pay more than £2,800 in fines and costs. James Douglas of Barton Street, Gloucester, failed to turn up to Cheltenham Magistrates Court for a hearing but was dealt with in his absence.

Council officers obtained a warrant to enter Douglas’s flat and seized equipment including televisions, DJ equipment and two very large speakers to try to stop the nuisance. The court ruled he was guilty of breaching Statutory Abatement Notices and fined him £1,760 fine, with costs of £983 and a victim surcharge of £120, totalling £2863.

Cheltenham Magistrates Court also granted the council a forfeiture order which means the seized equipment will not be returned to Douglas.

Top award for M5 Gloucester Services

Credit: Glenn Howell Architects

The newest service station on the M5 has won a series of top awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Gloucester Services between Junctions 11A and 12 has a grass-topped roof and sells locally-sourced food. It is run by a family business rather than a large corporation.

The accolades from RIBA include 2016 national and regional awards, together with an award for sustainability.

"The facilities are carefully planned to isolate the service environment from the motorway and succeed in creating a place that emanates quality as well as clarity. The project does not limit itself to redefining the visitor building but seeks to address the whole visitor experience from motorway exit to egress – this includes landscape, parking, building and significantly, fuel. To break the mould of the stock gas-station design is a triumph in itself and the bespoke provisions here steer mercifully clear of structural gestures in favour of simple architecture of generous proportions."

– RIBA citation

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EDF will 'not give up on Hinkley C'

EDF boss Vincent de Rivaz speaking to the Government's Energy and Climate Change Committee Credit: PA

The chief exec of French energy giant EDF is confident that the new nuclear plant in Somerset will be built, despite fresh delays.

The final investment decision on the £18 billion project at Hinkley Point has again been put back - waiting on a 60 day consultation with the company's workers.

Vincent de Rivaz, speaking to MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee, insisted the project was not on hold, and "everything was set" for power to be generated by 2025.

Mr de Rivaz added that EDF was not going to "give up" on Hinkley, although he realised people were worried.

An image of what the new nuclear power station will look like Credit: EDF Energy
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