Maldon District Council will campaign for a new nuclear power station by the end of the year in a bid to boost the district’s economy.

In an Economic Prosperity Strategy report, the council revealed the hope to secure a new power station on land beside the redundant one already in Bradwell.

The site, which is currently owned by EDF Energy, has been previously earmarked by the Government as a preferred location for the next generation of reactors.

A council spokesman said that the council will prepare a lobbying plan by December, which will be presented to councillors in early 2015.

She said: “The council strongly supports the principle of the development of a new nuclear power station at Bradwell.”

Bradwell Parish Council chairman Steve Tachauer said: “Since we have had the decommissioning going on, it’s been a much more lively village."

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