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