THE firm behind plans for a third nuclear power station at Hinkley Point wants to hear the views of people in Burnham and Highbridge as it unveils its “preferred proposals”.

EDF Energy is hosting an exhibition outlining its plans for Hinkley C at the Princess Theatre in Burnham this Monday as part of the second stage of what is billed as the most “extensive and wide-ranging” nuclear power station consultation ever seen in the UK.

It comes days after the French energy giant made available to the public a number of key changes to its blueprint for the development of the site.

Some of the proposals released last week include housing workers in Bridgwater and on-site during the construction period of the plant.

EDF also wants freight logistics facilities on junctions 23 and 24 of the M5 and at Combwich Wharf; and a western bypass built in Cannington.

As reported in last week's Weekly News, Hinkley C is expected to pump several billion pounds into the local economy over a 60-year period, and should create thousands of short-term and long-term jobs.

Richard Mayson from EDF said: “I am determined that we will do our best to be a good neighbour.

“We will work with the community to minimise the impacts of the development and to ensure that our potential multi-billion pound investment delivers real opportunities for local people and businesses, as well as providing the nation with affordable low carbon electricity for five million homes.”

Monday's nuclear exhibition gets underway from 2pm.