Nuclear demonstrations begin

Protesters have set up camp close to Hinkley Point Credit: ITV News

Protesters from across the country are gathering in Somerset as part of a weekend of demonstrations against a planned nuclear power station.

Hundreds are expected to assemble in Kings Square, Bridgwater this afternoon when protesters will march through the town.

Symbolic barrels of radioactive waste will be wheeled through the streets of nearby Bridgwater to highlight the stockpile of high-level nuclear waste that will be stored at Hinkley C if it gets the green light.

The procession comes ahead of a planned 'mass trespass' at the site of the Hinkley C power plant on Monday. Demonstrators are expected to scale the fences marking the perimeter of the land earmarked as the site for the plant, and a camp has already started to form at North Wick Moor.

The Stop New Nuclear Alliance expects there will be a number of arrests.

EDF Energy has already begun clearing asbestos from the site where two new nuclear reactors are planned to be built[Friday 5 October]. But while planning permission for preparation works has been granted, the company is yet to hear whether the Government will approve the proposal.

A decision is expected early in the New Year. It is understood that EDF will have invested up to a billion pounds in the application.