After two previous blockades in the last few months, security had been stepped up and they had put a land rover and two security guards at the gate, but must have decided that this was no longer needed as when we arrived they were not there and yet again we were not spotted. So we had to call them and let them know we were there and they had been shut down due to health and safety reasons... it still took them 5 minutes to get to us and by then we had quiet an audience of local people, sizewell workers and holiday makers.
The reasons for being there are clear to anyone who knows the full story of nuclear power and I attach the press release to the bottom of this write up to explain, but for me it is more personal. I have a disabled child, well a teenager now, who has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy, my son was conceived in one of the radioactive fall out areas after Chernobyl, now I don't know for certain if this is what caused my sons disability and no one can tell me, but this is where I get my drive against nuclear power.
The hidden, invisible dangers are easy to cover up.
British energy studies tell us all is well, but a recent German study shows that with in a 5 km radius of nuclear power stations the rate of child leukaemia goes up by 100%.
Like cigarettes when they had a pr push in the 50's, we are told that nuclear power generation is good, safe and that the cancers and birth defects are just a coincidence.
We know that the nuclear power cycle from start to finish, say 250,000 years, it is far from C02 neutral. We know that it is expensive to build, decommission, and keep radioactive waste safe and guarded for 250,000 years, we know that nuclear power is not the answer to our energy needs, we know that uranium mining is a nasty business in more ways than one and we know we are leaving a legacy of more waste and poison for future generations to deal with. So why are we doing it?
All the Nuclear energy people who attended the meeting that happened inside Sizewell that day defiantly saw as they stepped over us that we don't all want nuclear power, and if the government and the nuclear industry told the truth, no one would want it.
After blocking the entrance for 3 hours we were arrested for aggravated trespass, then the cutting team arrived from Wethersfield and an hour later and we were on our way to the police stations.
At 9pm we returned home for a cup of tea and planned our next move.