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As many as 900 builders staying at a Pontins vacation have been slammed for not spending sufficient cash in native companies.

EDF workers working to construct the £46bn Hinkley Point C nuclear energy plant have taken over Pontins Brean Sands in Somerset for the 12 months, with the vitality firm promising locals “year-round” spending.

But now merchants say the transfer has “decimated” the resort and seen little uplift in enterprise at close by outlets, pubs and eating places.

More than £1bn has been spent with native corporations on the undertaking itself, however many raised issues when EDF took over the vacation camp, saying it might be the primary time Hinkley Point C had broken native commerce as builders wouldn’t spend the identical amount of money as households on vacation.

Speaking to the BBC in 2023, Hinkley bosses stated their undertaking would “bring more people to Brean”.

Andrew Cockroft, who runs the stakeholder engagement programme at Hinkley Point C, oversaw a £2m repainting and refurbishment undertaking on Pontins’ vacation chalets and employed a advertising and marketing staff to advertise the camp earlier than the builders moved in.

Pontins reopens this Easter weekend and when requested by the BBC if the builders had precipitated an uplift in commerce in the course of the low season, the overwhelming majority stated no.

Alan House, who runs Unity Holiday Resort and chairs the tourism affiliation, Discover Brean, was amongst these criticising them.

He instructed the BBC: “Generally talking they’re all both on shift or asleep.

“They don’t tend to come out into the local economy, we haven’t seen anything of them over the winter at all.”

Charles Holland, who runs an amusement arcade instantly reverse the vacation park stated only a few of the employees had used his enterprise.

He stated: “They preserve themselves to themselves, I feel they’re right here to work actually.

“We have lost trade yes, it has been a big thing for us losing the Pontins customers.”

But Hinkley Point C bosses rejected claims the builders had hit the pocket of locals.

Mr Cockroft continued: “Brean was not alone in experiencing a customer downturn final summer season – hundreds of tourism companies throughout the south west reported diminished numbers and earnings.

“The particularly wet peak months of July and August, combined with the cost-of-living crisis, deterred many families.”