£36m boost for Somerset will benefit Bridgwater

This is The West Country: £36m boost for Somerset will benefit Bridgwater £36m boost for Somerset will benefit Bridgwater

TENS of millions of pounds will be spent on projects creating jobs, improving roads and upgrading flood defences in the Bridgwater area.

The Government and the Heart of the South-West Local Enterprise Partnership say Somerset will get up to £36million for a host of projects – many affecting Bridgwater – as part of a funding package worth £270million to the region.

Projects include those associated with the Hinkley Point C development, such as:

* A £5.02million investment for Bridgwater College.

* £3.94million for the South-West Low Carbon Energy Innovation and Collaboration Centre.

* £6.5million for the Hinkley Point Training Agency.

Transport links will also be improved with £1.9million to upgrade the Huntworth Roundabout.

There will also be £13million for flood prevention, including £3.55million to widen the River Sowy with an additional allocation of £9.5million up to 2020-21.

Around £130million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund has been secured for the whole region, and Somerset will receive £18.67million for 2015-16 with a further £5.44million proposed for 2016-17 and £11.9million for 2020-21.

Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger told the Mercury: “It’s great news – it will put Bridgwater on the map.

“The head of the LEP, Steve Hindley, is also chairman of the Midas group, which is building the new theatre at Bridgwater College.

“He wants more investment in Sedgemoor and we welcome that.

“The money will go towards supporting the Puriton energy project and enterprise park.

There will be thousands more jobs created.”

Mr Hindley said: “This deal is a huge success for our area. It will drive significant investment in transport infrastructure.

“It will also help us kickstart investment in skills to boost productivity and create jobs in new industries like nuclear and environmental science, as well as existing ones like engineering and marine.”

County councillor David Hall, cabinet member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, said a further £19.6million has been set aside to fund key Somerset projects up to 2020- 21.

He said: “We’ve campaigned hard for these Local Growth Funds with the Heart of the South-West Local Enterprise Partnership and I’m delighted it has paid off.”

Rupert Cox, chief executive of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said he was pleased the Government had recognised the economic opportunities associated with Hinkley Point C.

He said: “For us to capitalise on this we must invest in improving skills and supply chain development for the nuclear new build renaissance.”

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12:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

MARTINI 129 says...

The first thing that the council can do is go around the main roads and turn the road signs the right way around some idiot must have thought it funny to twist them all round the wrong way ! ! There is also a yellow diversion sign , for what I have no idea , at the traffic lights at Eastover / St Johns street coming from the Broadway pointing right down St Johns street anyone who does not know the area could easily try turning right there .
The first thing that the council can do is go around the main roads and turn the road signs the right way around some idiot must have thought it funny to twist them all round the wrong way ! ! There is also a yellow diversion sign , for what I have no idea , at the traffic lights at Eastover / St Johns street coming from the Broadway pointing right down St Johns street anyone who does not know the area could easily try turning right there . MARTINI 129
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6:03pm Wed 9 Jul 14

MARTINI 129 says...

Perhaps other motorists had reported the turn right sign on the junction of Eastover and St Johns street this evening it has been removed and a diverted sign put there .
Perhaps other motorists had reported the turn right sign on the junction of Eastover and St Johns street this evening it has been removed and a diverted sign put there . MARTINI 129
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8:47am Thu 10 Jul 14

awayswing says...

None of this money arrives until after the next general election,it could not be the Tories are trying to buy votes could it?
None of this money arrives until after the next general election,it could not be the Tories are trying to buy votes could it? awayswing
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9:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

What I am still waiting to find out, and the answers are not forthcoming, is just what ?? Traffic highway alterations are being done , to which junctions , when and how much of this work is being paid for by EDF Hinkley C Project.
In January, I wrote to Somerset County Council Leader Cllr John Osman and his Deputy Cll David Hall, had a meeting with Cllr Hall as a Preliminary, gave them a couple of months, whilst the Flooding Issue was being dealt with as a Priority, as it should be.
Now we are into Mid July, still being given the run around, sent Useless CD
Traffic Alterations Disk. Two weeks ago, by Highways Dept @ County Hall, had this disk 3 months ago, had not the info then either !!!!.
All I'm asking for is the individual Junction Proposed Changes with in Bridgwater, how this will affect the Non Hinkley Traffic, etc. Because inevitably if they extend the Traffic light timings to give the HGV / Transport workers buses, a priority, this must be detrimental to the rest of us, who live and work in Bridgwater, for the next 10 + years.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
What I am still waiting to find out, and the answers are not forthcoming, is just what ?? Traffic highway alterations are being done , to which junctions , when and how much of this work is being paid for by EDF Hinkley C Project. In January, I wrote to Somerset County Council Leader Cllr John Osman and his Deputy Cll David Hall, had a meeting with Cllr Hall as a Preliminary, gave them a couple of months, whilst the Flooding Issue was being dealt with as a Priority, as it should be. Now we are into Mid July, still being given the run around, sent Useless CD Traffic Alterations Disk. Two weeks ago, by Highways Dept @ County Hall, had this disk 3 months ago, had not the info then either !!!!. All I'm asking for is the individual Junction Proposed Changes with in Bridgwater, how this will affect the Non Hinkley Traffic, etc. Because inevitably if they extend the Traffic light timings to give the HGV / Transport workers buses, a priority, this must be detrimental to the rest of us, who live and work in Bridgwater, for the next 10 + years. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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