A small district council in the heart of the English countryside has been lured “like a prostitute into a strange house” into merging with its money-grabbing neighbour, an MP has warned. Ian Liddell-Grainger said the proposal to amalgamate West Somerset Council with Taunton Deane will “kill off local democracy”. And he suggested the only reason Taunton Deane wants to merge with its smaller and nearly bankrupt neighbour is so it can get its hands on the lucrative business rates which will eventually come on tap when Hinkley Point is up and running.
Plymouth Herald 21st Dec 2016 read more »
As Hinkley Point C moved into the next phase of development, the main civil works of the project have been brought into focus. In order to guarantee the success of this landmark construction project, there needs to be effective planning, preparation and partnership. ICE’s networking evening “Delivering Project Excellence: Planning and Preparation for Hinkley Point C” will connect the key project stakeholders with the wider civil engineering community to discuss best practice for delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects.
ICE 21st Dec 2016 read more »