A new monument is to be unveiled to mark the site where protesters stood in the way of vehicles getting on to a proposed nuclear waste depot in Bedfordshire after the old one was removed to build a roundabout. In the mid-1980s, the government wanted to bury nuclear waste in land at Elstow but backed down after protests. A monument was erected but the land is being developed for housing at Wixams. The new structure will be unveiled about 48m from the original site. In October 1983, the now defunct Nuclear Industry Radioactive Waste Executive (Nirex) identified the Elstow Storage Depot as a site for dumping low level nuclear waste. Bedfordshire Against Nuclear Dumping (BAND) was formed to fight the proposal, and in March 1986 a petition of 95,000 signatures was presented to the House of Commons. Nirex, the government’s nuclear waste body at the time, said the site was chosen on geological grounds and disposal would be safe. BAND said it was too close to residential areas and transportation would be a hazard. The BAND monument was built in 1986 by its members as part of their protest.
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