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HANT Bulletin: July 2017


Welcome to the HANT Bulletin! We hope you will enjoy reading about progress with the campaign!

HANT Awareness Raising Stall - Inverness High Street: Saturday 29 July - 1100-1400  

We urgently need:

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE STALL 

Volunteers to be on the stall for an hour (1030-1130 - for setting up and starting off / 1130-1230 / 1230-1330 / 1330 -1430 (finishing off and packing up).

This would just involve handing out NEW leaflets and car stickers and engaging with the public.

If you're uncertain about facts and figures - don't worry HANT Committee Members will be there and a briefing (FAQ's)  is on our website hant.co.uk.

So we won't expect you to be an expert!

SUPPORTERS TO COME ALONG TO THE STALL

A stall works best if there's lots of people engaged in conversations and spreading the HANT Campaign message, so come along and join in.
 
Please contact Chairperson Tor Justad on 07710 392 666 or tor.justad@btinternet.com if you can help for a stint on the Stall.

CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN

HANT was successful in reaching its target of £1000 target - £800 + with deductions so many thanks to Committee Member Sue Tarr for co-ordinating all the work involved and to all who donated.

We hope to have a link on the facebook and website soon so if you missed the deadline you will be able to donate any time.

Many thanks to all who donated – this will enable HANT to continue its campaign for at least three years and we are confident we will attract more support from other sources in future.

SUCCESSFUL GRANT FROM THE LUSH CHARITABLE POT

Just after the successful Crowdfunder we found out that we had been successful in a £2000 grant application to the LUSH Charitable Pot.

The LUSH charitable pot is run by the LUSH Company and funds small grass roots campaign groups like ourselves.

So many thanks to LUSH - you can read about their charitable donations on: https://uk.lush.com/tag/charity-pot.
 
NEW PUBLICITY MATERIALS
These new funds have made it possible to order new publicity materials – in the first instance leaflets for stalls at various events and a car sticker to spread the message.

Look out for these on our stall in Inverness next Saturday and at other locations throughout 2017.

MEANWHILE AT DOUNREAY

With all this good news encouraging us to continue Dounreay continues to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The main two are:

i)  URANIUM BY AIR  – great way to transport it!
A shipment of highly enriched uranium left Wick Airport bound for the US on 5 June 2017 with local roads closed and armed police along the route

This is a disgrace that such highly dangerous materials are being transported by road on narrow local roads then by a US Air Force Galaxy giant freight plane to the US

Incredibly despite the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Authority) spending £8 million of public money on upgrading the airport to accommodate such flights the runway at Wick John O'Groats airport is 1000 feet too short to handle these aircraft when fully loaded with fuel
So additional risks are created as the aircraft has to take off from Wick without a full load of fuel, land at RAF Lossiemouth (again under armed guard) , refuel and then take off again for its final destination

ii) SHIPMENTS OF HIGHLY DANGEROUS NUCLEAR SPENT FUELS AND WASTE BY SEA – another great idea ?
 
Shipments of “exotic materials” (Unirradiated plutonium, unirradiated highly enriched uranium fuels and. irradiated fuels) have started again being transported by road to Scrabster harbour and then by nuclear ships to Barrow in Cumbria
 
In March HANT demonstrated at Scrabster Harbour against these shipments (which will continue on a regular basis for several years)   
 
HANT also contacted the Scrabster Harbour Trust to ask whether they considered these shipments to be compatible with attracting mote cruise ships and fishing related activity
 
HANT is confident that cruise passengers would not be impressed by cargoes of nuclear materials being loaded on to ships at Scrabster when they have been informed that Caithness is a County with a clean environment and many attractions
 
We don’t think nuclear waste is one of them !
 
No reply has so far been received from Scrabster harbour Trust and use of the Freedom of Information Act will be the next stage if no answer is forthcoming
 
 
HANT CAMPAIGN PROGRAMME 2017
 
At a recent HANT Committee Meeting the following plans for actions and activities was agreed :
 

  • HANT Street Stall: Inverness High Street : Saturday 29 July 2017 : 1100-1400
  • CND Stall at the Tartan Heart Festival, Belladrum : 3-5 August 29017 : to be confirmed / sharing with CND or other campaign group
  • Evening Meeting:  23 August 2017 – venue and speaker  to be confirmed
  • UHI Fresher’s Fayre: Inverness College 13 September 2017 : 0900-1300 : HANT Stall
  • Dounreay Stakeholder Group, Thurso 13 September 1900 2017 –  Chairperson will attend n capacity as DSG Community Member
  • Other event in Caithnesss: to be confirmed Georgemass Junction / Thurso High Street / Scabster
  • Evening meeting: 4 November 2017 – film evening. – venue and nuclear-related documentary film to be confirmed
  • DSG: 5 December 2017
     
    SO PLEASE COME ALONG AND SUPPORT SOME OR ALL THESE EVENTS – look out for more details on HANT facebook and local publicity – posters and on media  
     
    And if you’d like to join the HANT Committee (meets bi mothly by Skype for about an hour) please contact us on hello@hant.co.uk

    WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOUI SOON AND WILL KEP YOU POSTED IN NEXT HANT BULLETIN
     
    Website : hant.co.uk
    Facebook : www.facebook.com/HighlandsAgainstNuclearTransport
     
    E mail : hello@hant.co.uk






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