Faslane Peace Camp, Scotland

Nikki from Wheel Stop Trident was recently cycling around Scotland and pedaled by Faslane Peace Camp for a visit.

As you sit in the peace camp you often hear honks of support from passing vehicles

As you sit in the peace camp you often hear honks of support from passing vehicles

The peace camp is located 35 miles north west of Glasgow and just down the road from Faslane Naval Base which is where the Trident nuclear missiles are loaded onto the submarines having been transported on motorways all the way from Burghfield near Reading. Activists at the peace camp said that the submarines loaded with nuclear missiles used to patrol for 9 months at a time but now the submarines have to return to Faslane every 3 months because they are old and need frequent repairs, which inevitably increases the costs of the whole nuclear operation.

Overlooking Faslane Naval Base when two submarines were docked

Overlooking Faslane Naval Base when two submarines were docked

Patrol boats in the base provided by SERCO, one of the three companies which profits from the Trident programme

Patrol boats in the base provided by SERCO, one of the three companies which profits from the Trident programme

Faslane Peace Camp has been around since 1982 and many people, including families, have lived there for periods stretching from a few days to a decade. Every Wednesday a weekly vigil is held outside Faslane Naval Base as well as frequent actions to disrupt the operation of the base or the delivery of Trident nuclear missiles.

One of the many donated and beautifully decorated caravans at the peace camp

One of the many donated and beautifully decorated caravans at the peace camp

Looking through one part of the camp where there is a peace pole and a cherry blossom tree which was planted by two Hiroshima survivors in 1985

Looking through one part of the camp where there is a peace pole and a cherry blossom tree which was planted by two Hiroshima survivors in 1985

Each day people from the peace camp go to check how many submarines are in the Faslane Base, however not without the Ministry of Defence police watching their every move.

The Ministry of Defence police are quick to arrive if you are looking into the base. On this day we were stopped and spoken to by the MOD police 3 times even when we were away from the base

The Ministry of Defence police are quick to arrive if you are looking into the base. On this day we were stopped and spoken to by the MOD police multiple times even when we were away from the base

Open days and events are also held at the camp to encourage members of the local community to come to the site and find out more. Nikki was at the camp during an art weekend where kids and their parents came and painted, made banners and decorated biscuits.

Sign making on the art weekend

Sign making on the art weekend

Everyone loves a bit of biscuit decorating

Everyone loves a bit of biscuit decorating

Next year the British government will decide whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons programme at a cost of £100 billion. Wheel Stop Trident believe that not only are nuclear weapons morally and ethically wrong but spending £100 billion to illegally renew the Trident programme during a time of massive cuts to public spending is mad. This is why we need to keep putting pressure on the government to scrap Trident, like to people at Faslane Peace Camp do everyday, so that in 2016 the Trident nuclear weapons programme will be scrapped not renewed.

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A sticker on one of the caravans

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One comment on “Faslane Peace Camp, Scotland
  1. bayrok says:

    I’m kind of thinking: sitting in a damp camp in the woods is a but nutty. And then I’m thinking sitting in a damp submarine for months or years just in case someone goes crazy and tries to invade the UK is a LOT of crazy! Difference is, we actually pay these crazy people to sit in their submarines.

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