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Have Your Say on Hinkley Pont C and Help Make a Difference in Your Community

Sep 26, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and Community Council for Somerset (CCS), in partnership with Clarity CIC, have launched a survey for people living and working in communities that will be directly affected during the Hinkley Point C (HPC) construction period.

The survey asks individuals and local community organisations - such as parish councils, village halls and local schools – what they feel would help to improve community well-being and quality of life.

The outcomes of the survey, alongside other evidence and stakeholder engagement, will help develop the priorities for the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. The grant awards panel, which includes representatives from EDF Energy, SCF trustees, local councils, and two independent volunteers, will then make decisions on applications for funding, received from communities which are directly affected by the development.

The £13million community fund will support projects that improve social, economic and environmental well-being and enhance overall quality of life, or help people benefit from the positive opportunities offered by the project.

Val Bishop, Programmes Director at SCF said: “We are keen to hear what communities have to say as we develop the priorities for the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. The results from this survey will be used alongside information and reports from district and parish councils to help us to build a picture of what community members would like to see improved and will be working alongside CCS to deliver this effectively.”

Keeley Rudd, CEO of CCS said: “We are delighted that SCF and CCS are working together to give people a real chance have their voices heard so they can establish local priorities and influence what they would like to see improved in their communities. Our Village Agents are on hand to help people access the online survey, and we look forward to hearing what the communities have to say.”

The survey can be found online here. A hard copy version can be obtained from local Village Agents, or by calling CCS on 01823 331222 and the deadline to complete the survey is Monday 23 October.


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