march held in opposition to Hinkley Point expansion plans
than 150 people joined a march on Saturday (October 1st) to protest
against EDF Energys plan for two new reactors at Hinkley
Point nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea.
In the first of a series of demonstrations over the next few
days, protesters converged opposite EDF Energys regional
headquarters in Bridgwater with an array of costumes and banners
before marching through the town centre.
protesters were dressed as the grim reaper and carried a large
banner saying: 'Nuclear energy: the death of a safe, affordable
future. Boycott EDF.'
A rally then took place in Cornhill where speakers from anti-nuclear
groups including Stop Hinkley, CND and Greenpeace France outlined
their opinions about nuclear power.
"This region deserves decent jobs that are safe and sustainable,"
said Crispin Aubrey from campaign group Stop Hinkley. "Nuclear
power cannot meet this requirement," he claimed.
continued: "EDF Energy is offering jobs that come from the
bottom of the barrel. The construction work will only be temporary
and will cause great inconvenience to the local community
particularly in terms of traffic congestion."
"Most of the longer-term jobs at the reactor will be specialized
and will require people to come in from further afield. So its
a bad deal for Somerset."
Yannick Rousselet from Greenpeace also highlighted the budget
over-runs and time-delays at EDF Energys prototype reactor
in Flamanville, France.
Harrison, from EDF Energy, said of the protest: "Obviously
there's a little frustration because it means we've got to take
out extra measures but I think we've got to respect people's rights
to have their views and opinions."
"There are a lot of people in the local area who work in
the power station, there's a lot of positive public opinion for
what we're doing."
Campaigners are planning to blockade the entrance to the Hinkley
Point site on Monday in a further protest.
Pictured: Saturday's protest march in Bridgwater attracted
more than 150 people against the Hinkley Plans (Stop New Nuclear)