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Hinkley C Nuclear Site Squatted

 

UPDATE 29 FEB 2012

The occupiers have now been evicted, after EDF gained a possession order in the High Court on 27th Feb. The judge did however refuse to grant a wider injunction banning anti-nuclear organisations from encouraging future protest on the site.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/feb/29/nuclear-power-energy-protest-hinkley 

 

 

 

UPDATE 29 FEB 2012

The occupiers have now been evicted, after EDF gained a possession order in the High Court on 27th Feb. The judge did however refuse to grant a wider injunction banning anti-nuclear organisations from encouraging future protest on the site.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/feb/29/nuclear-power-energy-protest-hinkley 

 

 

Local anti-nuclear activists have set up camp and erected “section 6” notices around farm buildings on the site of EDF’s proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point near Bridgwater in Somerset, in a determined effort to halt the imminent start of controversial “preparatory works” on what would be the second largest building site in Europe.

In addition to broader arguments about nuclear power, this case sets a dangerous precedent in that EDF are beginning a huge and environmentally devastating job before being given permission to finish it. West Somerset Dictrict Council gave permission for these works (which would see the removal of vegetation, trees and hedgerows, the levelling of the 400 hectare site, and the installation of roads, car parks,  a sewage treatment plant and a concrete plant) before the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) had even begun the lengthy process of considering EDF’s application for the actual Hinkley C power station. The preparatory works permission includes conditions requiring that if consent for the power station is not gained within four years, the land will be “restored” and “reinstated”.  The idea that ancient oaks and hedgerows, archaelogical remains, and an internationally designated wildlife site could really be “reinstated” is so clearly absurd, camapigners argue, that the Council, EDF and the Government obviously all regard the outcome of the IPC application to be a foregone conclusion.

The occupied buildings at Langborough Farm are situated in the middle of the site, but are easily accessible by public footpaths. The new residents are hoping to hold them at least until the next major blockade action at Hinkley on March 10th/11th, the anniversary of Fukushima. All visitors (long or short term), support and supplies are welcome.

http://tinyurl.com/langborough 

www.stopnewnuclear.org.uk

www.stophinkley.org