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Row breaks out over Hinkley Point council funding

A row between Sedgemoor District Council and energy firm EdF has broken out today over £2.3M funding to scrutinise plans for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

Sedgemoor District Council adjourned its council tax meeting following concerns that it will be unable to fund its work in scrutinising EdF Energy’s application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission for a £10bn new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

The Council is “adamant” that local council tax-payers money should not be used to carry out this work as the project is of national benefit and being built by a commercial, profit making company.

But EdF hit back saying it had already voluntarily committed £9.8M to Sedgemoor District Council over the past two years and is voluntarily committing further funds to cover “reasonable costs incurred by the local authorities during the IPC process.”

EdF added it “cannot fund work beyond what is reasonably required of the councils in the IPC process” and has a duty to do all it can to keep its bills down to a minimum.

The meeting is adjourned until 24 February, with the Council hoping it can come to an agreement with EdF before then.

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