As the Party for Wessex, the Wessex Regionalists would like to extend its thoughts and condolences to the families and friends of all those who have suffered as a result of the fatal collapse of the Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire. We also extend our gratitude to the emergency services that must be under enormous strain at this time and those that are volunteering their services.
The tragedy is thought to be the worst construction incident since January 2011, when four workers died after the collapse of a steel cage they were erecting in the East Anglian resort of Great Yarmouth. It follows a major fire at the Didcot B gas fired station in October 2014 when fortunately no lives were lost.
These incidents, along with the loss of life of at the Cardiff steelworks in November, have prompted calls for the safety of workers to be paramount. The General Secretary of the Ucatt Trade Union, Brian Rye, commented, ‘We don’t yet know all the details of what happened at Didcot, but we need to know. In 21st century Britain, everyone should be coming home from work safe and sound at the end of the day’.
The President of the Wessex Regionalists, Colin Bex, (pictured left) who was a Parliamentary candidate in Oxfordshire’s Witney constituency during the 2010 and 2015 General Elections, also expressed his concerns about workers safety, and fears of what could happen at the proposed Hinkley Point C power plant in Somerset. 'If dismantling a turbine hall for a coal-fired power-station in Oxford can be so disastrously mismanaged', the Wessex Regionalists politician stated, 'What confidence can the good folk of Somersetshire have in the safety of a dodgy British-government plan for a mainly French/Chinese funded nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.....?'
The Wessex Regionalists hope for a swift resolution of uncertainties on the ground at Didcot.
Joining the Wessex Regionalists costs just £5 as a 'Supporter'
or £10 as a 'Full Member'. Click on the image above to find out how to join us,
Do you share the same values as the Wessex Regionalists? Click on the image above to take our short survey and find out.