A group campaigning against new nuclear power stations held a protest over plans for Bradwell B.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) took a stand outside the former power station earlier this month.

It was the first stop for the group on the East Anglian leg of its Symbol Tour of Britain to mark its 60th anniversary.

On the day the campaigners, led by David Polden, placed a large CND symbol outside the station, which is now being decommissioned, to protest against nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

They were joined by groups from around the Blackwater estuary including the Green Party and Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG).

EDF Energy and the China General Nuclear Power Group have been carrying out work on the new Bradwell B site since December.

Once all groundwork is complete proposals for what the new power station could look like will be drawn up.

Then, a public consultation will be held, alongside a generic design assessment, environmental assessment, and nuclear site licence being sought.

But campaigners fighting against the plans fear the new power station will cause environmental harm.

They are also concerned about the site proximity to the Blackwater estuary.

Varrie Blowers, secretary of BANNG, said: “Of all the many reasons why we should stop building new nuclear power stations, the most fundamental is the passing of risk, cost and effort down the generations.

“They won’t need the nuclear power but they will be left to clear up the mess – if they can.”

A spokesman for the Bradwell B project said: “Whilst we respect the right to lawful and peaceful protest, we believe that nuclear has an important role to play in delivering low carbon, baseload electricity to the UK. 

"Bradwell B will bring considerable benefits such as jobs and investment in skills and education to the local area.

"Detailed consultation will be undertaken with the local community over a number of years before any proposals are submitted for development consent.”