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Cash for Hinkley communities

Hinkley Point in Somerset Credit: PA

Communities close to the site of a planned nuclear power station in Somerset are to be given almost half a million pounds.

The money from the Hinkley Point C Community Mitigation fund will be shared by communities in Bridgwater and North Petherton

Construction at the site of the planned Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station Credit: PA

It's hoped the money will help the towns overcome the impact of construction work as the power station takes shape.

The cash will go towards projects that will help Bridgwater's shopping areas and school children, pedestrians and cyclists in North Petherton and Bridgwater.

The two projects are designed to help mitigate some of the impacts that are likely to affect the two towns as the Hinkley Point C construction project moves into the next phase of works, including further highway works within Bridgwater.

The Government gave the final go ahead for the power station at Hinkley Point earlier this month, following a "new agreement" with EDF.

Emergency services at scene of M5 accident

All emergency services have been deployed to the M5 in the Somerset after an accident between Junction 22 for Burnham-on-Sea and 23 for Bridgwater North.

Two lanes have been closed. Motorists are being advised to expect delays.

Two vehicles have been involved in the collision.

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