Power at Bay
Paperback, 210 × 200 mm, 192 pages; illustrated with 60 photographs, three maps, five diagrams, two tables, and nine other images; two chronologies, glossary, bibliography, and index.
The Druridge Bay Campaign successfully fought off the threat of a nuclear power station and stopped the commercial extraction of sand from a fine stretch of Northumberland coastline.
Power at Bay explains how ordinary people succeeded against large powerful opponents after almost two decades. It describes their activities and analyses the factors that contributed to their eventual complete success, using interviews with activists, their opponents and the media. It is illustrated with photos, tables and diagrams and includes advice and suggestions for other campaigns.
The author, Bridget Gubbins, was Press and Publicity Officer for the Druridge Bay Campaign from 1983 to 1997 and is the author of Generating Pressure: the campaign against nuclear power at Druridge Bay.
- Introducing the Story
- Part One: Saving Druridge Bay
- Chapter 1 Against All Odds The rise of the civil nuclear industry, the threat to Druridge Bay and the build up of the campaign to save it.
- Chapter 2 Stopping the Sand Extractors The campaign against the multinational Ready Mixed Concrete Group, which was legally, but damagingly, removing beach sand.
- Chapter 3 “Sell the Land” Pressing, Pursuing, Persuading Druridge campaigners attack the nuclear programme on many fronts and succeed in saving Druridge Bay.
Part Two: Analysis of Success
- Chapter 4 A Pressure Group and its Influence on Government Pressure groups, the academics, the Druridge Bay Campaign, and Parliament.
- Chapter 5 The Campaigners People from all walks of life explain what they did to help save Druridge Bay.
- Chapter 6 The Organisation The structure, finances and resources of this successful local Campaign.
- Chapter 7 Protest and the Media The Druridge Bay Campaign’s experience of working with the media, and interviews with reporters.
- Chapter 8 Who saved Druridge? MPs, a council leader, members, objective observers, and opponents give their views on the role of the Druridge Bay Campaign in saving the bay.
As activists, we so often have to be content with glorious defeats. This lively and detailed account of a rare victory against multinationals and the might of the state, allows us to revel in success. All would-be campaigners should take careful note of the wide variety of tactics used, from the long-term and sustained nature of the campaign, and from its achievements in generating support from all sections of the community, from MP’s and councils, to pensioners.
The book portrays the fight to save Druridge Bay from a diversity of viewpoints, (remarkably including those of their opposition), revealing the true impact people can have when they start to insist on playing an active role in decisions which shape their lives
Cath Bann – radical environmental activist, and anti-nuclear campaigner
This book is a vivid illustration of ‘people-power’ in action. Students of contemporary British politics will find it a compelling account. It brings to life the cut and thrust of a protest campaign, and reveals the passion, doggedness and inventiveness of ordinary people in their struggle against powerful commercial interests. Furthermore, by carefully distilling the experience and knowledge gained by the Druridge Bay Campaign, the book provides a useful guide for other budding protest groups
Dr Rob Baggott, Reader in Public Policy at de Montfort University, LeicesterEarthright Publications
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