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
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.
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Greenpeace has slammed the government's go ahead of Hinkley Point claiming it saved the PM "political embarrassment".
Greenpeace's executive director, John Sauven, said there are "huge outstanding, financial, legal and technical obstacles that can't be brushed under the carpet."
He said the new conditions on the deal "changes almost nothing" and he warned that there might be months or even years of wrangling over issues.
Today's decision hasn't been made on the cold, hard facts that show Hinkley will not deliver competitively priced, low carbon energy any time soon. Instead it seems that Hinkley became too big to fail. The potential for political embarrassment for the new Prime Minister was too high.
He added that the government should support renewable power that to provide energy at a competitive price.
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French energy company EDF has repeated its support for the new nuclear power station at Hinkley, even though a final investment decision for the £18 billion plant is still to be made.
French unions had expressed their concerns over the impact of the project.
EDF relies on sensitivity studies already communicated to staff representatives and considers this vote does not change the fundamentals of the project, nor the desire of players to engage in it.
The director of Greenpeace comments that, in the wake of Brexit, it would be foolish to pursue the deal. He says the Government should be thinking in terms of renewable energy as a Plan B.
In the UK, Brexit is throwing up endless questions that no one knows the answers to over the future of the European energy market. It would be idiocy of the highest magnitude for the UK government in its current incarnation to sign this disastrous deal.