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250 Turn Out to Protest Over Destruction of Lake

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The procession heading towards The Lakes along Thrupp Lane

 

Yesterday, in an unprecedented show of local anger, people came out in their droves, young and old, all united to stop RWE npower’s plans to destroy Thrupp Lake.

Led by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Abingdon, and by Andy Boddington, local CPRE campaign manager, approximately 250 people came at less than 24 hours notice to walk from Radley to the Lakes where they assembled on a nearby desolate area already ruined by npower’s activities.

Despite the devastation already wreaked on Thrupp lake by npower’s contractors, who were still at work cutting down trees even as the procession passed by, the resolve of the community to pursue the Town Green designation remains unabated, and is, if anything, stronger than ever. The anger at npower’s arrogance in starting work on the site before the Town Green determination was barely contained, and the decision by npower to keep their goons penned up for the afternoon was perhaps a wise one.

The campaign’s Saturday protest went ahead in spite of npower’s attempts to use a draconian legal injunction to stifle local protest. “The injunction is of a kind previously used against violent animal rights protestors.” said Roger Thomas of Save Radley Lakes . “Anybody coming to the protest walk would have seen we are just ordinary local people trying to protect something we hold dear. Protestors and many legal experts have been appalled by npower’s bullying and intimidation”.

As Andy Boddington said, when he addressed the assembled crowd, “for generations British people have had to fight to protect their open spaces from those who want to use them for commercial gain. What we have seen today suggests many local people are deeply angry about RWE npower’s high handed arrogance. So we say, teach npower a lesson – don’t buy your electricity from them. Instead get it from a supplier who doesn’t use dirty coal and then choose to dump the ash in local beauty spots”.

Basil Crowley, Radley Parish Councillor and a leading member of Save Radley Lakes, expressed determination to proceed with the Town Green application in spite of the destruction taking place. He said, in his address, “Trees can be replanted and will grow again. Until then, this place will be a testimony to corporate greed and willfulness. Let this message go out to every other public and private corporation in the land that this is wrong.”

 

View Slideshow of the Event (pdf 3MB)                          

 

Other links relevant to this story

Oxford Mail 17/02/07

Oxford Mail 18/02/07

Oxford Mail 19/02/07

Herald 19/02/07

BBC

CPRE

CPRE Press Release 19/02/07

CPRE Campaign Briefing 20/02/07

Guardian 21/02/07

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