MOST people in West Somerset support a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point according to a recent survey commissioned by the energy company planning the new build.

EDF Energy has said it will invest £100 million in the area, including a £20 million Community Fund, which was increased from £1 million after consultation.

The results of the ICM poll which surveyed more than 1000 people revealed 54 per cent of people consider the increased sum to be about right, while nine per cent think it is too big and 17 per cent say it is too small.

The investment is subject to planning approval being given for Hinkley Point C.

West Somerset Council has continually called for the company to do more for the community and to clarify how they will mitigate any adverse impacts from the build.

The Community Fund was proposed by EDF Energy to cover effects on local quality of life not addressed by other mitigation measures relating to the project.

The fund would be allocated by communities and local authorities to invest in areas of priority need.

According to views from the survey recreational facilities for children and young people, community amenities, education and transport were identified as top priorities.

Richard Mayson, Director of Planning and External Affairs for EDF Energy New Nuclear Build, said: “The results show a high degree of support for our investment plans.

“In addition to the community fund, a multi-million pound range of funds and contributions in housing, colleges, skills, services and transport and highways improvements should be of lasting benefit to the community.”