Protesters plan Hinkley Point blockade

This is The West Country: A computer generated image showing what Hinkley Point C could look like. A computer generated image showing what Hinkley Point C could look like.

ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners are planning a massive blockade of Hinkley Point this autumn in protest at plans for C station.

Several anti-nuclear groups are uniting to blockade the nuclear power plant site on October 3.

Hinkley Point has been chosen for the gathering, described as a ‘Gandhi-style civil disobedience’, because it is the first of eight proposed UK sites for new nuclear builds.

The blockade is the first action of Stop New Nuclear – an alliance of local and national groups opposed to new nuclear stations.

Andreas Speck, of Kick Nuclear, said: “This is not just a fight about one proposed power station – if people power stops these plans at Hinkley Point, we will be stopping the whole programme dead in its tracks.”

The group has been founded by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Stop Nuclear Power Network UK, Kick Nuclear, South West Against Nuclear, Shutdown Sizewell, Sizewell Blockaders, Trident Ploughshares and Stop Hinkley.

Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said: “While Germany and Italy are now set against nuclear power, Britain seems to be taking almost no account of the lessons that must be learnt from the ongoing catastrophe at Fukushima.”

A spokesman for EDF Energy, which is behind plans for Hinkley Point C, said: “We respect the rights of individuals to peaceful protest.

“We are also sympathetic to the pressure these events can place on the local community with whom we have strong links.

“The UK's chief nuclear inspector's interim report concluded that the UK nuclear power industry had reacted 'responsibly and appropriately' to events in Japan, 'displaying a leadership for safety and a strong safety culture'."

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2:17pm Fri 24 Jun 11

alibridgwater says...

Well I hope they don't all drive down the A39 on their way to protest.
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Well I hope they don't all drive down the A39 on their way to protest. !!!! alibridgwater
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4:41pm Fri 24 Jun 11

DC2509 says...

I wonder what energy source the protesters will be using from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed, and how many products on their journey to protest have in someway been connected to nuclear power?? It's nice to live in la la land where everything is perfect but this is the real world and we need a sustainable, efficient and reliable power source!!!
I wonder what energy source the protesters will be using from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed, and how many products on their journey to protest have in someway been connected to nuclear power?? It's nice to live in la la land where everything is perfect but this is the real world and we need a sustainable, efficient and reliable power source!!! DC2509
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5:06pm Fri 24 Jun 11

scally666 says...

hope the police have the water cannon (and soap) ready for them!!!!
hope the police have the water cannon (and soap) ready for them!!!! scally666
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7:30pm Fri 24 Jun 11

SirLamiell says...

They will be using electricity of course..God they remind me of the teletubbies, as some esle said they live in La, La, Land.
They will be using electricity of course..God they remind me of the teletubbies, as some esle said they live in La, La, Land. SirLamiell
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9:03pm Fri 24 Jun 11

the voice of common sense says...

maybe works and pensions should be there to catch the ones signing on who aren't available for work and stop their benefits
maybe works and pensions should be there to catch the ones signing on who aren't available for work and stop their benefits the voice of common sense
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9:49pm Fri 24 Jun 11

Ginkeey says...

DC2509 wrote:
I wonder what energy source the protesters will be using from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed, and how many products on their journey to protest have in someway been connected to nuclear power?? It's nice to live in la la land where everything is perfect but this is the real world and we need a sustainable, efficient and reliable power source!!!
You do"nt really think it would be perfict in a world without nuke power?. We would all be living in mud huts and growin r own vegies, if you want to eat. How would the farmers gow the spuds if they had no deasil fuel for there tractors?. Back to horses and plows?. A world without nuke or tecnology woud"nt be perfict, it would be medevil. Think about itt. These protesters want to turn the clock back 500 years, or what?>
[quote][p][bold]DC2509[/bold] wrote: I wonder what energy source the protesters will be using from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed, and how many products on their journey to protest have in someway been connected to nuclear power?? It's nice to live in la la land where everything is perfect but this is the real world and we need a sustainable, efficient and reliable power source!!![/p][/quote]You do"nt really think it would be perfict in a world without nuke power?. We would all be living in mud huts and growin r own vegies, if you want to eat. How would the farmers gow the spuds if they had no deasil fuel for there tractors?. Back to horses and plows?. A world without nuke or tecnology woud"nt be perfict, it would be medevil. Think about itt. These protesters want to turn the clock back 500 years, or what?> Ginkeey
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9:41am Sat 25 Jun 11

JoRo says...

Another case of bus them in and cause trouble for the locals.
Andreas Spec the spokesman for the protesters, born in the Ruhr district of Germany and living in London, part of the staff of War Resisters' International.
Probably not welcome in Germany and drawing benefits in the good old UK.
Another case of bus them in and cause trouble for the locals. Andreas Spec the spokesman for the protesters, born in the Ruhr district of Germany and living in London, part of the staff of War Resisters' International. Probably not welcome in Germany and drawing benefits in the good old UK. JoRo
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1:36pm Sat 25 Jun 11

AndreasSpeck says...

The arguments put forward here in favour of nuclear power are more than a bit over simplistic. There are plenty of studies that show that UK's and the world's energy demands can be met without nuclear - such as the Centre for Alternative Technology's ZeroCarbonBritain, which does not at all rely on nuclear power.
And if you want to know - I personally get my electricity on a 100% renewable tariff from Ecotricity...
(@JoRo - I see you can use Google, but you are not very good at copy and paste, and at understanding.).
The arguments put forward here in favour of nuclear power are more than a bit over simplistic. There are plenty of studies that show that UK's and the world's energy demands can be met without nuclear - such as the Centre for Alternative Technology's ZeroCarbonBritain, which does not at all rely on nuclear power. And if you want to know - I personally get my electricity on a 100% renewable tariff from Ecotricity... (@JoRo - I see you can use Google, but you are not very good at copy and paste, and at understanding.). AndreasSpeck
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2:45pm Sat 25 Jun 11

scally666 says...

Andreas Speck, of Kick Nuclear, said: “This is not just a fight about one proposed power station – if people power stops these plans at Hinkley Point, we will be stopping the whole programme dead in its tracks.”

people power around here wants Nuclear its just non locals that seem to want to slam there views down our throat's that dont!!
Andreas Speck, of Kick Nuclear, said: “This is not just a fight about one proposed power station – if people power stops these plans at Hinkley Point, we will be stopping the whole programme dead in its tracks.” people power around here wants Nuclear its just non locals that seem to want to slam there views down our throat's that dont!! scally666
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3:37pm Sat 25 Jun 11

DC2509 says...

AndreasSpeck wrote:
The arguments put forward here in favour of nuclear power are more than a bit over simplistic. There are plenty of studies that show that UK's and the world's energy demands can be met without nuclear - such as the Centre for Alternative Technology's ZeroCarbonBritain, which does not at all rely on nuclear power.
And if you want to know - I personally get my electricity on a 100% renewable tariff from Ecotricity...
(@JoRo - I see you can use Google, but you are not very good at copy and paste, and at understanding.).
If our energy demands can be met without nuclear, then why is this not going ahead??? Well done for getting your electricity from a 100% renewable tariff, but that is the tip of the iceberg. What about all of the other products that you use every day that are not produced using such a source. Until the entire world makes the change you are not going to achieve an awful lot I am afraid, and maybe your time would be better spent trying to establish affordable renewable, sustainable energy sources that the whole world can use rather than stop just one. I wonder if you needed medical treatment do you check if they electricity is supplied by a 100% renewable source???.....don't worry I am sure I already know the answer to that. Like I said earlier, in la la land all would be perfect and the wind and sea would give us power.......but we don't live there and are never likely to.
[quote][p][bold]AndreasSpeck[/bold] wrote: The arguments put forward here in favour of nuclear power are more than a bit over simplistic. There are plenty of studies that show that UK's and the world's energy demands can be met without nuclear - such as the Centre for Alternative Technology's ZeroCarbonBritain, which does not at all rely on nuclear power. And if you want to know - I personally get my electricity on a 100% renewable tariff from Ecotricity... (@JoRo - I see you can use Google, but you are not very good at copy and paste, and at understanding.).[/p][/quote]If our energy demands can be met without nuclear, then why is this not going ahead??? Well done for getting your electricity from a 100% renewable tariff, but that is the tip of the iceberg. What about all of the other products that you use every day that are not produced using such a source. Until the entire world makes the change you are not going to achieve an awful lot I am afraid, and maybe your time would be better spent trying to establish affordable renewable, sustainable energy sources that the whole world can use rather than stop just one. I wonder if you needed medical treatment do you check if they electricity is supplied by a 100% renewable source???.....don't worry I am sure I already know the answer to that. Like I said earlier, in la la land all would be perfect and the wind and sea would give us power.......but we don't live there and are never likely to. DC2509
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6:21pm Sat 25 Jun 11

Alex@SDA says...

Unfortunately there will probably be the “Rent-a-Mob” and loonies that will be bussed in and then cause disruption and they will probably make the case worse re the cause and themselves.

I had the pleasure of attending a forum at the SDC offices held by the DECC. There were some very vociferous individuals who I gather represented “Stop Hinkley” who were rude to the extreme, constantly interrupted the procedure and kept shouting. Some of those that were allotted time slots to speak were not given the chance, and they may well have been more eloquent and made a better argument without being out of control. Sadly these persons jaundiced many opinions of the “Anti” brigade.

Despite my postings made on this site to date, I am not anti-nuclear, just concerned at the way things are being done; in particular regards the roads and the intransigence of Électricité de France and the manner the infrastructure and planning matters are being mishandled. I realise that if the periphery of the project is called into question, then the whole affair could well be dubious.

The issues that need to be addressed are Local Concerns, the local area will be affected to a very high degree, yet conversely the local economy and feel good factor will be improved. However these protesters will not be local and their agenda does not particularly fit this area. They will probably lose more sympathisers than they will gain.
Unfortunately there will probably be the “Rent-a-Mob” and loonies that will be bussed in and then cause disruption and they will probably make the case worse re the cause and themselves. I had the pleasure of attending a forum at the SDC offices held by the DECC. There were some very vociferous individuals who I gather represented “Stop Hinkley” who were rude to the extreme, constantly interrupted the procedure and kept shouting. Some of those that were allotted time slots to speak were not given the chance, and they may well have been more eloquent and made a better argument without being out of control. Sadly these persons jaundiced many opinions of the “Anti” brigade. Despite my postings made on this site to date, I am not anti-nuclear, just concerned at the way things are being done; in particular regards the roads and the intransigence of Électricité de France and the manner the infrastructure and planning matters are being mishandled. I realise that if the periphery of the project is called into question, then the whole affair could well be dubious. The issues that need to be addressed are Local Concerns, the local area will be affected to a very high degree, yet conversely the local economy and feel good factor will be improved. However these protesters will not be local and their agenda does not particularly fit this area. They will probably lose more sympathisers than they will gain. Alex@SDA
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8:08pm Sat 25 Jun 11

Ginkeey says...

does evryone remember all those lounge-lazers who took a few weeks out there relaxing idle life to protest at the new honiton to exter road a few years back?. Now we can all drive there snd see the glorious devon cuontryside, why dont they all protest about something VALID and worthwhile, like our governmnet making this country a fit land for okay peeple to live in, not a island-wide dosshouse for the alianated and unemployable who got nothing better to do than make worjking peeple"s lives a misery?. Uncle Joe Stalin knew how to sort out the workshy, you better believe it, takje a few lessons Cammy
does evryone remember all those lounge-lazers who took a few weeks out there relaxing idle life to protest at the new honiton to exter road a few years back?. Now we can all drive there snd see the glorious devon cuontryside, why dont they all protest about something VALID and worthwhile, like our governmnet making this country a fit land for okay peeple to live in, not a island-wide dosshouse for the alianated and unemployable who got nothing better to do than make worjking peeple"s lives a misery?. Uncle Joe Stalin knew how to sort out the workshy, you better believe it, takje a few lessons Cammy Ginkeey
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9:21am Sun 26 Jun 11

mikeymike says...

Perhaps they should be mounting a blockade in protest for the much needed bypass when building (and it will happen) goes ahead.
Perhaps they should be mounting a blockade in protest for the much needed bypass when building (and it will happen) goes ahead. mikeymike
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12:43am Tue 28 Jun 11

Ginkeey says...

mikeymike wrote:
Perhaps they should be mounting a blockade in protest for the much needed bypass when building (and it will happen) goes ahead.
I daresay ur right. I was standing by the Grange in Cannington about 20 years ago or more and i could look over into the distence and see the earthworks of the new bypass being built. Of course i was fast asleep and dreaming but i reckon it was a glimps into the future. may be this sounds mad, but if so just look at the world around you. Nowadays, who is mad and wjo is"nt?. I reckomn my dream was a profetic dream, a glimps into the future.
[quote][p][bold]mikeymike[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they should be mounting a blockade in protest for the much needed bypass when building (and it will happen) goes ahead.[/p][/quote]I daresay ur right. I was standing by the Grange in Cannington about 20 years ago or more and i could look over into the distence and see the earthworks of the new bypass being built. Of course i was fast asleep and dreaming but i reckon it was a glimps into the future. may be this sounds mad, but if so just look at the world around you. Nowadays, who is mad and wjo is"nt?. I reckomn my dream was a profetic dream, a glimps into the future. Ginkeey
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9:11am Thu 30 Jun 11

cidreman says...

I bet these same protesters will be there ...When a possible EDF relief road is being planned , so they can argue its not needed ........I bet everyone of them owns a Mobile phone & computer , I Pod etc ..where do they think the power comes from !?
What are the views of Mr L Grainger regarding Nuclear power is he for it or against it ...
Do any of the local councillors oppose Nuclear power ...
But "The real Question is "....who are these protesters , where do they live !
If the carrying of Id cards had been seen through the Checks could of been carried out to identify "these Green Protesters "
I bet these same protesters will be there ...When a possible EDF relief road is being planned , so they can argue its not needed ........I bet everyone of them owns a Mobile phone & computer , I Pod etc ..where do they think the power comes from !? What are the views of Mr L Grainger regarding Nuclear power is he for it or against it ... Do any of the local councillors oppose Nuclear power ... But "The real Question is "....who are these protesters , where do they live ! If the carrying of Id cards had been seen through the Checks could of been carried out to identify "these Green Protesters " cidreman
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7:00pm Thu 30 Jun 11

joner7788 says...

Boy, Why don`t they realize, Hinkley is where power has been generated for 40 years or more,it is a established site,a few 2cv drivers,and green welly girlys are not going to make a slight bit of difference.
They are always AGAINST it, you never see the protesters grouping up FOR something!
They are attention seekers,who liked to be viewed as being different, dreamers who probably read their stars in the Daily Mirror and belive it all.
Grow up, we/you need power, we will have nukes, wind and sun power will never be enough- unless you cover half the country with time wasting sponsored white elephants.
If people don`t like more development at Hinkley , then you should not have moved there within the last 40 years.
I would not buy a house near a industrial site--there probably will be industrial expanstion!!
Boy, Why don`t they realize, Hinkley is where power has been generated for 40 years or more,it is a established site,a few 2cv drivers,and green welly girlys are not going to make a slight bit of difference. They are always AGAINST it, you never see the protesters grouping up FOR something! They are attention seekers,who liked to be viewed as being different, dreamers who probably read their stars in the Daily Mirror and belive it all. Grow up, we/you need power, we will have nukes, wind and sun power will never be enough- unless you cover half the country with time wasting sponsored white elephants. If people don`t like more development at Hinkley , then you should not have moved there within the last 40 years. I would not buy a house near a industrial site--there probably will be industrial expanstion!! joner7788
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11:10pm Tue 12 Jul 11

NukesRuleOK says...

Quite rite too joner wot we need is more nukes not less! They are safe and we need them to make more nucular bombs for our army to drop on our enemys. Never mind fukushima or chernobil or three mile iland they are safe as houses thats wot i say. The more the better and stuff soler power and wind power and wave power its all hairy fairy nonsense
Quite rite too joner wot we need is more nukes not less! They are safe and we need them to make more nucular bombs for our army to drop on our enemys. Never mind fukushima or chernobil or three mile iland they are safe as houses thats wot i say. The more the better and stuff soler power and wind power and wave power its all hairy fairy nonsense NukesRuleOK
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