EDF are preparing to build new nuclear reactors at Hinkley which could help growth and create 25,000 jobs, but the deal is in the balance.
Four people have been arrested after protesters blockaded access to the nuclear site at Hinkley Point in Bridgwater this morning [Friday].
The controversial route for National Grid's new 400,000 volt power line between Hinkley Point C and Avonmouth has been published.
Four anti-nuclear protesters who chained themselves together outside the Hinkley power plant have been fined a hundred pounds each today after they pleaded guilty to 'obstructing the highway'.
They blocked the main access road last month and caused large tailbacks in protest at plans to extend the Bridgwater site.
If the energy firm EDF gets permission for the new plant, it could be up and running by 2020.
Four anti-nuclear protesters who chained themselves together outside Hinkley Point nuclear power station are due before magistrates in Taunton, charged with obstructing a highway.
The action last month was in protest at plans for new reactors at the site near Bridgwater. The main access road was blocked, causing long queues as staff arrived for work.
Hinkley Point in Somerset has been granted the country's first new site licence for a nuclear power station in 25 years.
The industry regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, has awarded the licence to NNB GenCo, a subsidiary of French energy giant EDF.
The firm will still need other permissions before construction can go ahead.
Police were called to Hinkley Point this morning to deal with a small number of people stopping traffic entering the site and leading to queues on the approach road.
They arrested four people for wilfully obstructing the highway.
– EDF Energy Spokesperson
We respect the rights of individuals to peaceful and lawful protest, however, we are also mindful of the pressure these events can place on the local community with whom we have strong links.
The safety and security of all our nuclear sites is our overriding priority. We believe strongly that low-carbon nuclear has a vital role in maintaining UK electricity supplies in the future.
The long-awaited route has been published today for a series of giant electricity pylons across Somerset. It comes after a series of high profile campaigns by protestors who'd argued they'll ruin the countryside.
National Grid wants to run cables from near Bridgwater to Avonmouth. It's announced one section will be buried underground. While that's been welcomed by some, others say their fight continues.
Dr Liam Fox says that despite some improvements, National Grid appears to have done very little to address the concerns of those objecting to a new network of electricity pylons.
National Grid spokesman David Mercer says the company has listened to the public and made changes to its plans for a new network of pylons across Somerset: