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Stop New Nuclear newsletter no 3, 15 August 2011

Dear all,

welcome to our third Stop New Nuclear newsletter. We especially welcome all new pledgers and subscribers. Please share and forward this newsletter.

It's only six weeks until our blockade of Hinkley Point nuclear power station on 3 October, and pledges keep coming in (see the list of pledgers who agreed to the publication of their name at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/pledgers). We especially welcome a first organisational pledge by a union - the Public and Commercial Services Union - and hope that they will also practically support the campaign and the blockade. Still, we need many more pledges to make the campaign a success, so get your friends, colleagues, partners, flatmates, neighbours, etc to come to the blockade and pledge.

We made some progress on the site for the camp near Hinkley Point. We have a beautiful spot about 4-5 miles from Hinkley Point, and we are working on getting all the material needed to set up the camp infrastructure. For this, we need your help: let us know if you have or can get hold of large marquees (from 15-100 persons), or gazebos, or anything which can provide shelter and can be used for trainings and meetings in the camp. Please contact us urgently on campaign [at] stopnewnuclear.org.uk if you can help.

The owners of the land asked us not to publish the location of the camp site. To receive information about camping, but also so that the kitchen can better plan food, please register for camping at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/register.

On 13 August, we had a meeting with the police in Bridgwater. The meeting was amicable, and we requested from the police information on parking, a place for a tea/coffee stall, and a safe space for supporters to protest. Stop New Nuclear's police liaison team will maintain the contact with the police, and will always report to the core organising group, and later to the spokescouncil in the camp. The purpose of liaising with the police is to establish a communication channel, and to ensure the safety of everybody during the action. A report on the first meeting is available at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/policeliaison.

Briefing pack availabe!

Finally, our briefing pack for the action on 3 October is availabłe. Please read it carefully. It is available at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/briefingpack (there is a PDF attachment for download). Feel free to download, print, and distribute the briefing pack.

A more detailed legal briefing will be available soon.

If you want to coordinate your travel to the blockade with other people, are looking for a place in a car or have some places to offer, then please use our new travel forum at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/travelforum.

News from Hinkley Point

As reported in our last newsletter (see http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/node/40), EDF was given permission for preliminary works on 28 July 2011. However, this does not mean EDF can really begin with the works - a financial agreement with West Somerset Council is still outstanding, and this will again need to go through the planning committee. On top of that, a tree protection order is still in place - if our information is correct until some time in September.

EDF has now applied to the Environment Agency for an environmental permit, and to the Office of Nuclear Regulations (ONR) for a nuclear site licence for Hinkley C. However, the application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission is still outstanding, and EDF will announce a new timetable for the construction of Hinkley C "in autumn". They are no longer talking about providing electricity from Hinkley C in 2018 - the new date formula of EDF is "when it is needed".

Stop Hinkley, one of the members of the Stop New Nuclear alliance, is still collecting signatures for its petition against Hinkley C. Please sign the petition at http://stophinkley.org/PETITION.htm if you have not already done so.

Trainings

The following trainings are confirmed:

  • Bristol: 21 August 2011, 2-4.30pm, at The Factory social centre, corner of Portland Square, (2-8 Cave Street), St Pauls, Bristol. More information via bristol@stopnewnuclear.org.uk.
  • Swansea: 1 September, 7-9.45pm, at Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea. More information via swanseacnd@btinternet.com.
  • London: 18 September, 1-5pm, at London Activist Resource Centre (LARC), 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES. More information via london@stopnewnuclear.org.uk.

We are trying to finalise arrangements for trainings in Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Oxford, and other places, so please check for updates at http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/training. If you want to help organise a training, please get in touch with us at training [at] stopnewnuclear.org.uk.

We need your help

We need a lot of help to make the campaign a success. We need:

  • Drivers (30 September - 4 October, transport to and from the camp, to and from the blockade, and from police stations).
  • 1st aiders (for the camp and the blockade)
  • a transport coordinator from 30 September until 4 October
  • marquees of any size - from 10-100 persons

Please contact us at campaign [at] stopnewnuclear.org.uk if you can help, or have any questions.

Mobilise!

Six weeks to go. Six weeks to make this campaign and the blockade a success. Please help us mobilise for the campaign. If you need fliers (see http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk/node/10), please let us know, and we will send you some as long as stock lasts. And talk to your friends, neighbours, colleagues and anyone you can think of to join you at the blockade. We need to send a strong message to EDF and government that we will resist nuclear new built in Britain, not only at Hinkley, but everywhere.

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 only 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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