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Stop New Nuclear newsletter no 14, 19 February 2012

Dear all,
it's only three weeks until the big surround and blockade action at Hinkley Point on 10/11 March 2012 - if you haven't sorted yourself out, it's high time to do so. Check out our transport page, and if there is no minibus or coach from your area, then maybe you can organise a car/minibus/coach? If you know of any transport which is not (yet) on our website, then please let us know, so that we can add the information.

Hinkley C site occupied

Following the eviction of trees that were occupied during the night of 6/7 February 2012 (see our emergency newsletter from 7 February), activists occupied a derelict farm on the planned Hinkley C site on Sunday, 12 February 2012. In the early hours of this morning anti-nuclear activists took possession of an abandoned farm on the site which is protected under International Environmental law. The site contains a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) and a protected wetland (R.A.M.S.A.R site) but it is due to be cleared by power company EDF in the coming months. Protesters are angry that permission has been given for this work to begin before the company have won permission to build their controversial new nuclear plant.

On 18 February nuclear energy company EDF served papers on the activists occupying the farm on the proposed site for nuclear new build at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The papers, served by Squire Sanders of London are applying for possession of the premises and, in an unprecedented move, an injunction against all future protests, at this site. This includes any protest by other local residents such as campaign group Stop Hinkley.

Although EDF have obtained permission to remove all historic buildings, sites of special scientific interest and most importantly the vegetation which includes ancient hedgerows and veteran trees, this all comes before they actually have permission to build the two EPR reactors on the 500ha site.

Stop New Nuclear supports the occupation of Langborough Farm at Hinkley Point, and if anyone has time to visit and/or stay for a few days, the occupiers certainly would welcome any support they can get. Langborough Farm - renamed EDF-off cottage - is situated on a public right of way and there is easy access to visit. Directions to the camp are available at http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/activists-needed-defend-squatted-farmhouse-nuclear-power-plant.

Video: http://youtu.be/PfW-Kv6IWEI

Following serving of papers, the persons named and unnamed will appear in court on Monday 27th February in the Royal Courts of Justice in London and are expecting a large demonstration of support local & national outside the court. Please get down there if you can.

Updates on the occupation will be posted on the website of South West Against Nuclear, and on the website of the Stop Nuclear Power Network.

Get ready for surround and blockade Hinkley Point on 10/11 March 2012

It's time to get ready for surround and blockade Hinkley Point on 10/11 March 2012, to say "No more Fukushimas!", and a clear and loud "no to Hinkley C, no to new nuclear in Britain!" If you haven't pledged your participation yet, please do so now at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/pledges. Talk to your friends, colleagues, family, neighbours, and anyone you can think of to join you at Hinkley Point on 10 March for the surround, or on 10 and 11 March for the 24 hour blockade. If you need fliers, please download them at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/node/235 and make copies, or contact us at campaign [at] stopnewnuclear.org.uk, so that we can send you some. There is also a more detailed information pack (PDF) available at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/briefings. An updated legal briefing will soon be available.

Police liaison meeting

On 16 February, the Stop New Nuclear police liaison team met with Sergeant Craig Kirk Inspector Bruce Turnbull from Avon & Somerset police, to talk about the surround and blockade action on 10 and 11 March. While we have so far little concrete information from the police, we were told during the meeting that EDF will again provide parking in the same field as in October - about 500m from the gate. Toilets will also be provided by EDF there, but Stop New Nuclear requested from the police permission to put up mobile compost toilets closer to the gate.

The only other concrete information from the police was that the public footpaths, which go around the existing site of Hinkley Point A + B and through the Hinkley C site will not be closed and diverted before our action in March.

Please watch http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/policeliaison for updates on our police liaison. We maintain contact by email, and will have a further police liaison meeting on 7 March, a few days before the action.

Timeline for surround and blockade

Assuming everything goes according to plan, this will be the schedule for the two days:

  • Saturday, 10 March 2012
    • 12pm: assemble in front of Hinkley Point
    • 1pm: Beginning of surround Hinkley Point. People will start to surround the power station using the footpaths
    • 2pm: Surrounding Hinkley Point with noise
    • 2.15pm-3.30pm: Return to the gate
    • 3.30pm-6pm: rally and music in front of the main gate of Hinkley Point
    • 6pm: End of the "surround Hinkley" action. Beginning of blockade
  • Sunday, 11 March
    • Blockade continues until about 2pm on Sunday, 11 March 2012.

What to bring

Unlike in October last year, there will not be a camp nearby this year, where people would be able to stay. Stop New Nuclear will also not be able to provide the same amount of facilities as last year. Especially those wanting to take part in the 24 hour blockade should bring everything they might need during the entire time of the blockade - food, water, warm clothes, waterproofs, camping mats or cushions to sit on, etc... It is essential that everyone comes well prepared and self-sufficient! What Stop New Nuclear can provide will then be a nice surprise and extra - so better don't count on it.

The following packing list is only a basic suggestions of essentials for the surround action:

  • warm clothes, plus a second set as change, should you get wet
  • waterproofs (jackets and trousers)
  • wellingtons (the footpaths are muddy)
  • food for the days
  • water for the days and/or a thermos with hot drinks
  • something to make noise during the surround

The following packing list is only a basic suggestions of essentials for the 24 hour blockade:

  • warm clothes, plus a second set as change, should you get wet
  • waterproofs (jackets and trousers)
  • wellingtons (the footpaths are muddy)
  • camping mats and/or camping chairs to sit on
  • a warm sleeping bag or bivy for the night, and/or possibly a pop-up tent
  • food for two days
  • water for two days and/or a thermos with hot drinks

We have repeatedly been asked about accommodation during the action. For the 24 hour blockade, the idea is that those blockading sleep in the blockade. For people who need to get out because they are cold, wet, or just feel they need a break we hope to be able to provide some space, but this cannot yet be guaranteed.

Legal support

There will again be a legal support team, but they need help! We need a team of 30 legal observers for the blockade on the 10-11 of March to work in pairs and work out logistics. Anyone wanting to help on the surround and blockade contact Ros by email on ros.beauhill [at] hotmail.com.
For those near Bristol, there will be a meeting on 25th February from 1-3pm. Get in touch with Ros about the venue.

An updated legal briefing will soon be available at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/briefings.

In case of arrests during the blockade, Stop New Nuclear will organise police station pickups, and will make sure you can collect your stuff and can get to Bridgwater train or coach station.

Getting to Hinkley Point

There is no public transport to Hinkley Point, so if you should not be able to come with one of the coaches or minibuses, or your own car (which you are hopefully able to fill with friends), then Stop New Nuclear is also organising a shuttle service from Bridgwater train station and/or coach station. We will also shuttle people back after the surround action if needed, and after the blockade. Please get in touch with us via campaign [at] stopnewnuclear.org.uk as soon as possible, to let us know of your arrival time.

Up to now, we are aware of coaches or minibuses from London, Bristol, and Leicester (picking up in Nottingham too), but we expect more to be added. Transport is also being coordinated from Suffolk.

Training

There are still a few trainings set up, for those wanting to prepare for the 24 hour blockade. The free training will prepare people with techniques and strategies for civil disobedience and non-violent direct action, and provide reassurance and information for those new to this type of activity. It will also provide people with the tools needed for effective consensus decision making. These sessions will be invaluable in the formation of affinity groups (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affinity_group), and local networking.

Upcoming trainings are:

Check back at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/training for updates, and please let the organisers of the respective training know that you intend to participate.

We need your help

There will be a lot of roles during the two days of the surround and blockade, and we need your help. If you can help with any of the following, then please contact us as soon as possible via campaign [at] stopnewnuclear.org.uk:

  • driving a minibus on Saturday and Sunday, or transporting people in your own car
  • helping to staff a stall
  • providing tea or coffee
  • handing out fliers
  • helping with set-up and take-down of equipment/infrastructure
  • providing pop-up tents
  • legal observing/legal support (see above)
  • ...

There is a lot to do, so please help!

Sizewell Camp, 20-22 April 2012

Spend a sunny weekend camping on the beach at Sizewell and learning about the plans for the new power station. Come and show your opposition to nuclear power and your support for sustainable energy solutions. The weekend includes a protest at the nuclear power station entrance, workshops and skill shares, woodland and beach walks, vegan food and networking. Now is the time to take action against new build – come join us to say ‘Nuclear power – No thanks!’
More information at http://stopnuclearpoweruk.net/content/sizewell-camp-2012.

Donate

The new action to surround Hinkley, and the 24 hour blockade, will need a lot of money to make them happen. We expect that we will need about £11,000 to organise the action, print fliers and posters, etc. We need your help to make it happen. You can help us by organising a fundraiser, asking your local Quaker meeting to make a collection for Stop New Nuclear, or simply by donating and asking friends to donate. Please give generously. You can donate online at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/donate, or you can send a cheque made payable to Stop New Nuclear to:

Stop New Nuclear
c/o 5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX

Thank you!
Stop New Nuclear

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