23, 2012 Four
arrests as protesters hold human blockade outside Hinkey Point
A group of protesters campaigning against the expansion
of Hinkley Point, near Burnham-On-Sea, blockaded access to the
power station on Friday (November 23rd).
made four arrests after ten protesters halted access to the power
plant on Friday morning, as pictured here.
people in arm locks formed a barrier across the main access road
in a bid to prevent further ground clearance work at the planned
Hinkley C site and to protest at EDF's plans to extend the life
of aging reactors at Hinkley B.
hailed the protest a success, saying the gates to the power station
were blocked for four and a half hours with no workers getting
in or out.
of the campaigners, Zoe Smith, said: "We want the destruction
of land at the proposed Hinkley C site to stop. EDF still don't
have planning permission for the new nuclear plant and the government's
energy policy is in tatters."
Centrica pulling out and the long awaited Electricity Reform Act
delayed, there is not even enough investment to finish the project.
If the Tories fix the electricity price for nuclear so that the
project can go ahead it will leave high level radioactive waste
stored here in ponds for hundreds of years."
Hinkley spokesperson Theo Simon added: "We supported this
protest. New nuclear is dead in the water. We need public investment
in a renewables revolution which could create a million climate
jobs and cut energy bills through a programme of home insulation
and energy-efficiency. With its massive marine energy resource,
West Somerset is perfectly placed to lead the way in renewables,
but EDF's plans would turn it into a toxic waste dump for our
EDF spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We respect the rights
of individuals to peaceful and lawful protest, however, we are
also mindful of the pressure these events can place on the local
community with whom we have strong links."
safety and security of all our nuclear sites is our overriding
priority. We believe strongly that low-carbon nuclear has a vital
role in maintaining UK electricity supplies in the future. As
the Government has said, the UK continues to need new nuclear
power. We also greatly appreciate the support of the large majority
of local residents who recognise the contribution we make to the
area and the benefits that a new power station would bring to
Point B continues to generate enough low carbon electricity for
around one million homes each year, and employs more than 500
people plus an additional 200 permanent contractors. Hinkley Point
C is expected to generate a £100 million annual boost to
the South West economy during construction and provide up to 25,000
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