ANTI-NUCLEAR protesters set up camp near the construction site for Hinkley Point C atomic power station yesterday to call for the project to be abandoned.
The campaigners’ protest coincides with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s four-day visit to the UK to shore up an investment deal worth billions of pounds to the plant.
However, environmental activists intend to send a strong message to both Mr Xi and Chancellor George Osborne that the project is unsafe, unpopular and should be written off.
Protester Nikki Clark said that the project had been “openly described as a white elephant by the finance sector and even the nuclear industry itself” and warned that, over the last week, trade unions had raised concerns over health and safety failings.
Ms Clark also attacked EDF for ruining the local area’s natural beauty.
Fellow protester Theo Simon said that the reactor design was already obsolete, meaning that Britain would pay a heavy price for it not only in “rigged bills” and “toxic waste” but because the project itself would be “way too expensive to finish.”