28 July 2016 : the ups and downs, twists and turns of the EDF Final Investment Decision (FID) day. Synchronising our movements, including interviews, protests, banners and public supported displays, with the announcements from EDF.
After a quiet start, Roy Pumfrey was already on his way to Paris with the ‘Say No to Hinkley C' original Stop Hinkley Expansion banner, supporters and press assembled in King Square, Bridgwater outside the Sedgemoor District Council offices.
Never before have we had so much coverage and photos in TV and press, together with excellent interviews with all our press contacts. Roy in Paris awaiting the EDF decision captured on BBC Points West, and numerous other TV, Radio and news media. The phones for interview request were hot.
We heard that EDF had booked a marquee and party for their ‘go ahead' decision, then we heard the resignation of the EDF board member throwing the whole thing in the air again. Then followed the decision by the board voting 10 votes to 7 for HPC to go ahead.
Much celebration was covered by the media and then shock - everyone heard that our government needs more time to think!
The EDF marquee for the VIP visitors at Hinkley site could then only be used for the HPC wake.
The Stop Hinkley Spokespersons' have been very busy, and here is a log of just some of the work they have done:
26/07/16 - Sky News & Guardian interview Allan in Bridgwater
27/07/16 - ITV Spotlight Southwest interview Roy at Hinkley Point
28/07/16 - FID Decision Day
29/07/16 - The Aftermath
30/07/16 - Blanket national press coverage of EdeF's embarrassment and Chinese snubbed. Great photo of SH in King's Square in the 'i' with another take on the White Elephant as a Pokemon Go thingy.
02/08/16 - HPC dominates local press with first five pages of Bridgwater Mercury devoted to coverage including lots from SH
05/08/16 - Private Eye devotes front cover to HPC fiasco
06/08/16 - Radio Centraal Antwerp interview Roy