Bristol nuclear plant protesters invite professor to village

Bristol Evening Post, September 2, 2009

An eminent professor has been invited to give a talk on nuclear power by villagers opposed to a new atomic plant near Bristol.

Stephen Thomas is professor of energy policy at Greenwich University and has been critical of the idea that the nuclear power industry is undergoing a renaissance.

He has been asked to give a lecture by families in Shepperdine, near Thornbury, who are fighting plans for a new power station on their doorstep.

The area is one of a number of locations being considered as potential sites for a new generation of nuclear reactors and if built, would be next to the existing Oldbury atomic station, which will cease generating power in the next couple of years.

Power firm Eon wants to build the new station and has acquired land at Shepperdine for the major project.

But villagers recently blockaded a road leading to the site for five hours, preventing contractors gaining access to carry out investigative drilling until they had reassurances about the work being done.

Eon later organised a drop-in session for people to ask questions about the project.

Reg Illingworth, one of the organisers of the protest, said: "As residents of Shepperdine, we are interested in cultivating the debate over nuclear power and will be inviting a number of eminent speakers to talk over the next few months.

"The first lecture will be given by Professor Thomas and will be called Nuclear Power: A Cheap Option?"

His talk will be held in the Memorial Hall, Camp Road, Oldbury-on-Severn, on Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm. The event is free to anyone who wants to attend and take part in a question and answer session. To reserve a seat, click here.


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