Protesters at Hinkley Point C
Protesters have set up camp on the site of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.
The protests have sparked because EDF Energy has been given the go-ahead by West Somerset Council to carry out preparatory work before planning permission being granted.
A Kier / Bam joint venture has won the £100m earthworks contact at the site while Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Costain are in the running for the main civils contract.
The ‘South West Against Nuclear’ protestors have been arriving at the site since yesterday. One protestor told the BBC, “We are concerned EDF’s preliminary works are going to destroy a protected nature reserve, a site of Special Scientific Interest and all before they even have planning permission to build a power station.”
An EDF spokesperson said, “We are aware of a small number of individuals who are currently on our new build site. We would hope that these individuals will choose to leave of their own accord, but, if not, there are other options available.”