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Hinkley C workers to be balloted on strike action

Hinkley C is expected to become operational in 2025. Credit: EDF

Construction workers at the Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset are to be balloted for strike action.

Unions have rejected a pay offer from the French energy company EDF, which is building the reactor near Bridgwater.

They say the new reactor is a high profile and complex project that can not be built on the cheap.

EDF says conditions of employment at the site are superior to the rest of the UK's construction industry.

Shipping warned after 3rd World War Two bomb found near Hinkley

Hinkley Point C Harbour Authority has warned shipping to stay away Credit: Watchet Coastguard

An unexploded World War Two bomb has been found in the Bristol Channel off Hinkley Point.

It is the third to be found there this month.

The coast was once used as part of a practice bombing range for the Royal Navy.

All vessels in the area are advised to proceed with caution. There is currently a 1,000m exclusion zone.

The 250 pound explosive is set to be examined and detonated later this afternoon, Wednesday 30 August.

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Exhibition tells 1000 year Hinkley Point story

A new exhibition opens this weekend telling the story of Hinkley Point over thousands of years.

The Landscapes of Power exhibition at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton features artefacts and specially commissioned artwork, as part of the county's largest archaeological project. Researchers have found the area has a rich history.

Bob Croft, from South West Heritage Trust, tells us more:

Anti-nuclear protesters due in court

Last month's protest at Hinkley Point Credit: Stop Hinkley protest group

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.

Ministers close to signing deal for new nuclear reactor

A further 900 people would be required to run the plant. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Government spokesman has said that ministers are close to signing a deal for the proposed new nuclear reactor at Hinkley Point.

Lord Marland said a planning application for the new reactor would be ready by December. Energy company EDF said construction work would create 25,000 jobs.

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