Hitachi- from the country that brought the world Fukushima

Hitachi- from the country that brought the world Fukushima
We feel very sad for the people of Japan who want to end nuclear energy whilst a potential new government and big business are desperate for it

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No to Fukushima at Shepperdine!

No to Fukushima at Shepperdine!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Hinkley Point Protest Weekend!

Dear All,
Hope to see you in September - we need to show the strength of feeling against the nuclear industry's plans!
Our Saturday workshop will provide information for campaigners who wish to object or protest against the EdF developments. Relax with other campaigners with a drink and music in the evening. On the Sunday we'll hold an event at Hinkley Point.
Please find attached a flyer for the Action Weekend. The basic details are repeated below. If you would like paper copies of the flyer to distribute, please let Crispin know on 01278 732921.
Best wishes,
Jim Duffy
Stop Hinkley

EdF plans to dynamite and bulldoze much of 435 acres of greenfield site at Hinkley, even before they get full planning permission to build two giant reactors. Some of the work is expected to start as early as this autumn with special licences, while they apply to the local council to raze the land early next year. Legal advice we have received tells us this 'salami-slicing' of the planning process may well be illegal.

What EdF’s Hinkley C “Preparatory Works” will mean:

  • Removal of the majority of trees, hedges and habitats, including ancient woodlands
  • Closure of existing footpaths and bridlepaths including the coast path 
  • Security fencing round an area of more than 400 acres
  • Stripping topsoil and vegetation to make terraced area for the proposed nuclear reactors - English Heritage says this could destroy artifacts from ancient inhabitants and the whole plan is premature.
  • New roads built across the site
  • Streams re-routed underground
  • The excavation of more than 3.2 million cubic metres of soil, sub-soil and rocks. This is more than has been excavated to prepare the site for the 2012 London Olympic Games
  • The demolition of three historic agricultural barns
  • Noise from up to 12,000 vehicle movements per month
EdF says it will “restore” the site to its original state if it does not receive planning permission for the power station. This is impossible – you cannot recreate a landscape that has taken hundreds of years to mature.

Protected Areas and Wildlife Under Threat

  • The coastline bordering the Hinkley C site is part of the Bridgwater Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Bridgwater Bay ’s shallow waters are a sanctuary for thousands of waders, ducks and other sea birds, especially in winter.
  • The site is also bordered by Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation and a National Nature Reserve. Bridgwater Bay is designated a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
  • Bird species found on land in the area include skylark, lesser whitethroat, Cetti’s warbler and nightingale.
  • Twelve species of bat frequent the site, including the relatively rare greater and lesser horseshoe varieties.


11th – 12th SEPT 2010

Join our weekend of activities in opposition to the proposed EdF nuclear power station at Hinkley Point inSomerset

Saturday 11th 

11am – 5pm   Talks and Workshops – Trinity Hall, St Saviours Avenue, Bridgwater  
                       TA6 3NZ
                       Speakers: Ben Ayliff (Greenpeace Nuclear Campaigner) “National Action
                       to Halt Nuclear’s Advance”
                       Neil Crumpton (Bellona Foundation) “How to Keep the Lights On
                       Without Nuclear”
                       Chris Busby (Green Audit) “Radiation and Health: The  Latest Evidence”               
                       Facilitators: Seeds for Change (subject to confirmation)

8pm -12am     Dance Night – Unity House, Dampiet Street, Bridgwater
                       Music from local DJs. Licensed bar

Sunday 12th

12pm              Protest at Hinkley Point power station, near Bridgwater
                       Guided tour of proposed Hinkley “C” site, including area to be desecrated
                       by EdF in advance of approval for the nuclear plant
                       Meet at power station entrance, bring banners, placards, music

To register for the Action Weekend, email with your name and contact phone number. If you would like somewhere to stay on Saturday night, contact Crispin Aubrey ( or 01278 732921). Camping available at Hockpitt Farm, Nether Stowey (9 miles from Bridgwater, 4 miles from Hinkley Point).

Please pass this message to others
who might be interested!

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