'Nit picking' row at wind farm meeting, Poole

'Nit picking' row at wind farm meeting, Poole

'Nit picking' row at wind farm meeting, Poole

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POOLE councillors were accused of “nit picking over words” as a raft of amendments was presented at a special meeting of Borough of Poole tonight.

The extraordinary meeting at the Civic Centre was called to ratify seven points of environmental concern over the proposed £3billion Navitus Bay wind farm off the Dorset coast.

The council’s response to the environmental statement came after a three hour meeting of the economy overview and scrutiny committee held on Monday, at which supporters and opponents were heard.

Concerns raised, including the effect on tourism, on migrant seabirds, the impact on coastal features, marine creatures and local economy, will go to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), which decides if the proposal goes ahead.

“What was the point of having that meeting to come up with recommendations when all we are doing is picking over words and changing words?” said council leader Cllr Elaine Atkinson, who said members were “nit picking”.

Poole Mayor Cllr Peter Adams, who chaired the meeting, was having to put, “amendments to the amendment” to be voted on, some of which altered a single word.

Cllr Brian Clements, chairman of the economy overview and scrutiny committee, said: “The purpose of our representation is effectively to put down markers, to tell PINS issues we might want our officers to pursue.”

Also at a meeting held today Dorset County Council's planning committee unanimously objected to proposals for the offshore wind farm.

The committee met to discuss a report on the Navitus Bay application in order to help the council prepare a response that will go to the Planning Inspectorate.

The views of the committee and those who spoke will now be put forward to the cabinet when they meet on Wednesday at 11am.

The cabinet will have the final say on its representation which will then be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

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10:36pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Old Colonial says...

"The Cabinet will have the final say...". Ah yes, that repository of wisdom and experience, created by the combined will of the people to have power and authority over us. No, wait a minute..............
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"The Cabinet will have the final say...". Ah yes, that repository of wisdom and experience, created by the combined will of the people to have power and authority over us. No, wait a minute.............. ......... Old Colonial
  • Score: 8

11:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Whenever LibDems are all in favour of something, like they are with this Navitus Bay project, it is usually a good sign that it is a very bad idea!
Whenever LibDems are all in favour of something, like they are with this Navitus Bay project, it is usually a good sign that it is a very bad idea! Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: -1

12:06am Wed 4 Jun 14

60plus says...

Why don't they ask the people what they want? Is it because it will be a big NO.
Why don't they ask the people what they want? Is it because it will be a big NO. 60plus
  • Score: 0

6:41am Wed 4 Jun 14

carrrob says...

Scares me every time I see a picture of Atkinson in the Echo
Scares me every time I see a picture of Atkinson in the Echo carrrob
  • Score: 9

6:42am Wed 4 Jun 14

carrrob says...

Its already been decided they will be built
Its already been decided they will be built carrrob
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6:48am Wed 4 Jun 14

Ophilum says...

All they had to say was no thanks we do not need it we cant afford it , GREEN IS NOT WORKING. no global warming, get real. It,s called variability of the climate. No to windmills.
All they had to say was no thanks we do not need it we cant afford it , GREEN IS NOT WORKING. no global warming, get real. It,s called variability of the climate. No to windmills. Ophilum
  • Score: -6

7:39am Wed 4 Jun 14

whataboutthat says...

Does anybody understand what the writer of this piece is actually trying to get across?
Does anybody understand what the writer of this piece is actually trying to get across? whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

8:38am Wed 4 Jun 14

Townee says...

60plus wrote:
Why don't they ask the people what they want? Is it because it will be a big NO.
I think this person is deluded that we don't want the wind farm. I believe the majority of people want cheaper power and if this is a way to get it then they wouldn't care about some of the stupid objections put forward.
Birds being killed, if a bird can fly away in front of a car that is on top of it why would they fly into one of the blades.
Tourists not coming to the area, rubbish if people like the area then they will still come. Just look at other countries who have these on land and people don't worry about how they look.
I didn't think that Bournemouth, Christchurch and parts of Poole were on the jurassic coast so that doesn't count. The Jurassic coast is further west than this area and it is only on the land not at sea.

Just build them and have done with it, if not then let us vote on it. That won't happen because they know we would vote to accept them.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Why don't they ask the people what they want? Is it because it will be a big NO.[/p][/quote]I think this person is deluded that we don't want the wind farm. I believe the majority of people want cheaper power and if this is a way to get it then they wouldn't care about some of the stupid objections put forward. Birds being killed, if a bird can fly away in front of a car that is on top of it why would they fly into one of the blades. Tourists not coming to the area, rubbish if people like the area then they will still come. Just look at other countries who have these on land and people don't worry about how they look. I didn't think that Bournemouth, Christchurch and parts of Poole were on the jurassic coast so that doesn't count. The Jurassic coast is further west than this area and it is only on the land not at sea. Just build them and have done with it, if not then let us vote on it. That won't happen because they know we would vote to accept them. Townee
  • Score: -1

8:52am Wed 4 Jun 14

apm1954 says...

come on lets be fair we the electorate PICKED THESE NITS.
come on lets be fair we the electorate PICKED THESE NITS. apm1954
  • Score: 2

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