Stop Hinkley campaigners today welcomed the news that Richard Cotterell, a former Euro MP for Bristol (1979-1989), has decided to re-enter European politics as an independent on a 'Stop Hinkley Point' ticket.
Said spokesperson Nikki Clark "We welcome Richard's decision to stand in the June 2014 European elections. Bristolians, just like us here at Hinkley, have been denied a voice on Hinkley C through the biased planning process (Infrastructure Planning Commission) introduced by the previous government. We're sure that Bristolians will relish the chance to make their voices heard about Hinkley at the European Ballot Box".
Bristol lies close to all of the reactors in the southwest, with Oldbury and Berkeley to the north in Gloucester and Hinkley Point A and the still operating B station in the south. Although Oldbury, Berkeley and Hinkley Point A are all being 'decommissioned' there is still considerable high level and intermediate level radioactive waste stored on the sites which, as we've seen in Fukushima , is very vulnerable to natural disasters at the coast. As well as the threats posed by the old sites, Hinkley B with it's cracked graphite core has, despite concerns raised by the former N.I.I., had it's life extended, highly dangerous spent fuel is regularly transported through Bristol stations such as Temple Meads and Stapleton Road as it makes it's way to Sellafield and an uncertain future.
Said Ms Clark "We know that Europeans, many of whom are abandoning nuclear power, are very concerned about the UK 's planned nuclear program. We have no doubts that if Richard's election campaign is successful, concerns he raises in Europe about Hinkley will not fall on deaf ears."
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Stop Hinkley Press Release
Hinkley C decision under Judicial Review at High Court in London
5 December 2013
Stop Hinkley are joining people from Kick Nuclear and C.N.D in London today [5 Dec] to show their support for a judicial review of the planning decision for Hinkley C.
Stop Hinkley were unable to initiate a judicial review themselves due to changes in the planning law that have made it harder for local communities to bring a case. The time allowed has been reduced from 12 to six weeks making it very difficult to get a review of such a complex case.
Spokesperson Nikki Clark said “We're very pleased that the decision is being challenged. In an odd way An Taisce's case is like a proxy for us - we were denied a voice on nuclear issues in the new infrastructure planning process, so we would be very pleased to see international law upheld. The Irish are concerned that they haven't been consulted over the UK's planned nuclear power station. The ESPOO convention obliges countries to consult with their neighbours if they are planning a development that may have a significant impact on them, such as a nuclear power station. It is a salient reminder to government that, whilst they can undermine human rights under domestic law, it's much harder for them to do so under European Law. We wish the people of Ireland every success with their essential challenge to the British government's unjust planning regime.”