MALDON MP John Whittingdale has said a proposed nuclear site in Bradwell would benefit people in the district. 

Chancellor George Osborne has said a £2 billion state guarantee for Hinkley Point in Somerset "opens the door to majority Chinese ownership of a subsequent nuclear project in Bradwell".

Mr Whittingdale said: “I have been involved in talks about this for some time and I had a meeting a few weeks ago with the Chinese General Nuclear Organisation and with EDF.

“The technology is very well established and has a extremely good safety record in China. Whilst the technology will be Chinese, the people working there will be locally recruited and it will obviously be subject to regulations and requirements of our own nuclear industry and the Environment Agency.”