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Hundreds set for power station protest march

PUBLISHED: 17:24 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 23 August 2010

UK ENGLAND HOO 8OCT07 - A Greenpeace activist climbs over the side of the smoke stack atKingsnorth coal-fired power station near Rochester in Kent. They have immobilised the conveyor belt that carries coal into the plant by hitting emergency stop buttons and chaining themselves to machinery. A second group has climbed 1000 steps to the top of the chimney and they are painting the words Gordon bin it onto the outside.

jre/Photo by Will Rose/Greenpeace

UK ENGLAND HOO 8OCT07 - A Greenpeace activist climbs over the side of the smoke stack atKingsnorth coal-fired power station near Rochester in Kent. They have immobilised the conveyor belt that carries coal into the plant by hitting emergency stop buttons and chaining themselves to machinery. A second group has climbed 1000 steps to the top of the chimney and they are painting the words Gordon bin it onto the outside. jre/Photo by Will Rose/Greenpeace

Will Rose/Greenpeace

HUNDREDS of campaigners are due to march through north Kent in protest over proposals for the first coal fired power station in the UK for 24 years. A Climate Caravan will see protestors leaving Heathrow this Sunday, making their way on foot to Kingsnor

HUNDREDS of campaigners are due to march through north Kent in protest over proposals for the first coal fired power station in the UK for

24 years.

A Climate Caravan will see protestors leaving Heathrow this Sunday, making their way on foot to Kingsnorth Power Station, on the Hoo Peninsula.

The 60-mile route, through London south of the Thames, will stop at St Botolph's Church Hall, The Hill, Northfleet on August 1 to talk to residents about their environmental concerns. On August 3, campaigners will arrive at the Camp for Climate Action at Kingsnorth, a week-long protest against the proposals for the first coal fired power station to be built in the UK since 1983.

In October last year, protestors climbed the 200-metre smokestack in a bid to write 'GORDON BIN IT' down the outside (pictured). About 50 volunteers took over the facility in a bid to get the Prime Minister to axe the plans.

Andy Johnson, from the Climate Caravan said: "The only way we're going to solve the climate crisis is by ordinary people coming together, to educate themselves and take action.

"The plans for new coal at Kingsnorth just go to show how the government and big business aren't up to the challenge."

The proposals made by energy company E.ON have stirred a great deal of opposition since they were first announced in October 2006. Hollywood film star Robert Redford has even backed the campaign.

Alex Hills, Gravesend and Dartford representative for the Campaign to Protect Rural England said: "The power station will have an effect right across north Kent, the biggest impact that will be felt in Gravesend and Dartford is the increase in traffic along the A2, with it bringing more pollution."

At a meeting last Thursday organised by environmental charity The World Development Movement, a statement was read from Robert Redford, who has recently narrated a film about the fight against a coal power station in Texas. He said: "Coal power stations are bad for public health, they are bad for the environment close by, as well as much farther away as pollution is taken by wind and water. They contribute greatly to climate impacts in a highly negative manner and thus are ultimately very bad for the local and larger economies."

On Tuesday, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition protested outside the site. They also wrote a letter to Gordon Brown, urging him to stop the plans.

A local opposition group called Kingsnorth Climate Action Medway has now been set up, and a petition against the proposals has been started. For more information about the Climate Caravan visit www.climatecamp.org.uk.

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