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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

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.

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