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Stop New Nuclear newsletter No 7, 30 September 2011

Dear all,

just a few more days to go until the blockade of Hinkley Point nuclear power station on 3 October. We have now reached more than 300 pledges, and pledges keep coming in - that you to everyone who helped mobilise for the blockade.

We started setting up the Stop New Nuclear camp, and people start arriving. We expect more than 100 people to stay at the camp over the weekend, so if you did not yet register, but want to camp, please register as soon as possible at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/register. Or give us a call on 0845-2872381.

Tweet about the Hinkley blockade

If you want to tweet from the camp, the demonstration in Bridgwater on 1 October, or the blockade on 3 October, please use hashtags #HinkleyBlockade and #StopNewNuclear. Thanks.

News from Hinkley

There were some media reports that EDF was planning to put in their application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission today, but this might have been delayed by 10 days or so.

We are also collecting signatures for objections against EDF's environmental permit application. As objections have to be in by 6 October, there is not much time left. Please download the objection sheet from http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/objections-discharges, print it, sign it, and send it of to:

PSC, PO Box 4404, Sheffield, S9 4WF

Stop Hinkley is raising funds for a legal challenge to West Somerset Council's decision to grant EDF permission to carry out preparatory work on the site, even though EDF is still far from a permission to construct the power station itself. Stop Hinkley needs to raise about £15,000 for this legal challenge, to please support Stop Hinkley. More information at http://stophinkley.org/LegChallAppeal.htm.

Stop New Nuclear camp

The good news: the weather forecast is pretty good, and we hope it stays that way. Nevertheless, it can get quite cold at night, so you are advised to bring an extra blanket or something to keep you warm at night in your tent. And bring some extra jumper to wear in the evening - it will cool down quickly once it is dark.

Camp packing list

The camp is on Hockpit Farm, which is not an official campsite with all facilities. This means we will set up basic facilities, but don't expect hot showers and nice bathrooms.

Please bring:

  • lights and/or a torch. There are no lights on the fields, and it will get dark early.
  • cups, plates, cutlery, a knife for you to eat from/with
  • camping chairs/tables - if you have some and have the means to bring them. We will be short of those
  • toilet paper - although we buy some, the more self-sufficient you are, the better
  • warm clothes and rain clothes
  • water bottles (not glass, please)
  • a box or bag for packed lunch for the blockade

If you want to perform, please bring your guitar or whatever instruments you have/play, or if you can juggle or perform in any other way...
If you haven't registered yet, please do so now at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/register.

There will be non-violence training and other workshops in the camp.
Please check out the camp agenda at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/node/135.

Demonstration on 1 October

Our actions kick off with a demonstration in Bridgwater on 1 October. We will assemble at 1pm at Kings Square, next to the EDF offices, and will march through Bridgwater. The demonstration will end with a rally at Cornhill. Speakers include a representative of Greenpeace France, Crispin Aubrey from Stop Hinkley, and representatives of almost all member organisations of the Stop New Nuclear alliance. There will also be music.

Donate

Stop New Nuclear is being organised on a shoe string budget, and we need your donations to make the blockade a success. We need to hire minibuses and other transport for the blockade, we need to set up infrastructure for trainings and workshops in the camp, we need to print more fliers, and and and. Unfortunately, all this costs money.

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!

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