Peter Shaw, Clerk to the Parish Council for many years is taking a well deserved retirement from the end of the financial year (5th April 2014). More of which at a later date.
The Otterhampton Parish Council is therefore seeking to appoint a Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer to take up the post on the 1st March 2014. Application forms and further information from Peter Shaw 01278 652626. The closing date for applications is 13th December 2013
The Firework Display due to be held this evening (Sunday) has been postponed because of the severe weather forecast. It will now be held at 6pm Sunday 17th November. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has today announced that it has reached agreement with developer, EDF, to pay them £92.50 for every megawatt hour Hinkley Point C generates (The key terms include a “Strike Price” of £89.50 /MWh fully indexed to the Consumer Price Index. This price benefits from an upfront reduction of £3/MWh built in on the assumption that the developer would be able to share the first of a kind costs of the EPR reactors across the HPC and Sizewell C sites. If the EDF Group does not take a final investment decision on Sizewell C, the Strike Price for HPC would be £92.50/MWh).
The full announcement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/initial-agreement-reached-on-new-nuclear-power-station-at-hinkley
With the agreement of the strike price and the go ahead for the power station, the community benefit package will now go ahead. The Department for Energy and Climate Change announced on 17 July that local communities around Hinkley Point C compensated at a rate of £1,000 per Megawatt for the entire operation of the plant. With Hinkley Point C expected to be in operation for 40 years, this could amount to £128 million in funding. The full announcement by the Department for Energy and Climate Change can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/community-benefits-for-sites-that-host-new-nuclear-power-stations-michael-fallon.
(SDC press statement)
The Secretary of State Ed Davey today confirmed consent for the construction of Hinkley Point ‘C’ on 19th March 2013. Both the Planning Inspectorate who spent six months examining the proposals and especially the Department of Energy and Climate Change seemed to see an expanded Combwich Wharf and the Combwich lay-down area as an important part of the proposal.
It is disappointing that the strongly argued case by many local residents and the Parish Council against some of the Combwich proposals was rejected. However work will continue to help protect residents from disturbance as far as possible. It is to be hoped that the local EDF Energy management will appreciate the benefits of working with our community by minimising noise and disruption.
A full assessment of the Combwich consents will be posted when the details have been assimilated.
The consent documents can be viewed at http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-west/hinkley-point-c-new-nuclear-power-station/?ipcsection=overview
The 2013 season of OPRA Talks got off to a fine start when local artist Tom Jacobs delighted his audience in the village with his wit and artistic talent. Tom who styled himself as the accidental artist described how he started and developed his talent. He gave practical demonstrations of watercolour painting techniques interlaced with his self-deprecating descriptions of humorous incidents in his artistic career.
The broadband speed is not great in this area but hopefully things will change in the fairly near future. Check out the latest position on the new broadband for Somerset at the Connecting Devon and Somerset website. Take the survey and help establish the need in Otterhampton. Thanks to Sue Barton for the information