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EDF Decision Announced Today

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

Your help needed

snow dropThe Wildflower Group will be meeting at 2pm Thursday 14th March at the entrance to Combwich to start planting 500 snowdrops. If you can spare an hour or two to help this important project we would be very pleased to see you (please bring a mat to kneel on, or waterproof trousers and a trowel or bulb planter).

Tom Jacobs delights his audience

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.