SAVE Radley Lakes campaigners staged a peaceful protest in the battle against RWE npower's plans to dump fuel ash into Thrupp Lake.

Hundreds of supporters gathered at Abingdon Guildhall at lunchtime yesterday to voice their objections to the power firm's plan.

A dozen speakers, including the mayor of Abingdon, Peter Green and the Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Dr Evan Harris addressed the rally.

Mr Green said: "When something is wrong - and this is wrong - you've got to stand and be counted to stop it.

"It's for our kids and our kids' kids."

Earlier, Save Radley Lakes campaigners welcomed a decision to halt work after a nesting coot was found at the site.

RWE npower said the development, which will eventually take ash from Didcot Power Station, would be delayed until "late summer".

The firm is adamant its work is necessary and has taken on an independent ecologist to monitor the land.