RADLEY LAKES – A PETITION TO NPOWER
The Petition has now closed
and has been delivered to RWE NPower on the 30th June 2006.
Thirty six people accompanied Evan Harris to make representations
to the Management of Didcot Power Station. However, they cordoned
our coach off about 150 yards from the Gate House, and skulked in
the Gatehouse with the lights turned off - were they saving electricity?
No - they were trying not to be filmed by the BBC who sent a News
We had interviews with
the local Press, BBC TV and Central News, and at 10.45am Evan Harris,
accompanied by Basil Crowley, Chairman of Save Radley Lakes, Carole
Cavanagh (Clerk of the Green Cloth representing Radley Village)
Lorraine Oates, Deputy Mayor of Abingdon, were allowed to walk past
the security guards to the Gate House and deliver the petition.
For every one word SRL
Representation there were thirty words from NPower! The propoganda
has not changed since last year. Now they have a new term
- National Security - as if burning loads of cheap coal is essential
for the security of the Nation. It only puts more profits
into the pockets of the RWE Board, who, as we know, are paying themselves
huge salaries and their other Company, Thames Water, is just as
mismanaged, inflicting drought orders on the South East yet hiking
up the price of Water.
RWE are selling their cheap
coal electricity at the same price as Gas. They are raking in huge
profits and yet, are doing nothing to deal with the increased mountain
of ash they have generated as a result of their "low cost coal
The ash they have stored
at Didcot at present would fill Radley Lakes within two years, so
why are they lying through their teeth saying the infill will last
until the life of the power station in 2015.
We are aware that they
are discussing with Government the notion of keeping this ageing
dinosaur running for as long as possible.
We all need electricity
but we must be aware of the cost and the huge profits being "generated"
for off-shore Companies. NPower's paltry repayments to the
community go nowhere when you look at the damage done to the environment.
We do have a petition
on the Downing Street Website, which NPower did try to have removed,
hence the weasel words from the Government which have appeared after
our petition text.
click on the link here to vote