COMMUNITIES neighbouring the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station can now apply for cash from a fund set up to help mitigate the effects on local residents.

West Somerset Council gave planning permission for the site preparatory works in 2012.

A Community Impact Mitigation Fund was negotiated at the time to be paid to the authority to administer on behalf of local communities.

Phase two of the site is now beginning with groundworks being started.

From a £3.5million fund, £2million will be allocated in West Somerset and a further £1.5million allocated in the Sedgemoor district.

A separate £500,000 is being specifically allocated to Stogursey as the host parish for the site preparation works, as it will beat the brunt of the impact of construction.

West Somerset Council’s leader Cllr Tim Taylor said: “West Somerset Council is now considering how to use the Fund positively and sensibly for the benefit of local communities.

“The fund is intended to mitigate the impact of the next stage of the Site Preparation Works at Hinkley Point C on local communities.

“It is designed to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of the communities concerned.”

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C site construction director added: “We’re getting the second stage of the preparatory work started to help facilitate the main construction activities that would follow a final investment decision.

“We have worked very hard with communities and local authorities to maximise the benefits of the project.”

The site preparation works include fencing, drainage, excavation and earthworks.

Full details of how to apply to the Community Impact Mitigation fund can be found on the West Somerset Council website: