Navitus Bay wind farm proposal to be debated in Parliament tonight

Bournemouth Echo: Navitus Bay wind farm proposal to be debated in Parliament tonight Navitus Bay wind farm proposal to be debated in Parliament tonight

A DEBATE is set to take place in Parliament this evening over the controversial wind farm proposed for the Dorset coastline.

Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns has secured an adjournment debate in the main chamber of the House of Commons entitled ‘Navitus Bay Wind Farm and UNESCO’.

Mr Burns has been vocal in his opposition to the proposed development, which could see as many as 194 wind turbines as high as 200m placed off the coast – 12 miles from Christchurch, 13 from Bournemouth and Poole and nine from Swanage.

The plans have been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, which will make the final decision as the project is deemed to be a major infrastructure development.

The wind farm would sit off parts of the Jurassic Coast and UNESCO, which designates such sites, has already voiced worries over the plans.

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1:07pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Townee says...

I wonder how many MP's will still be in the house when this comes up. Most will be getting their feet in the trough being feed on us.
I hope they don't believe all that Connery says, we need another power source other than buying from Europe. Perhaps he will try to get the British government to put money into and English company instead of all the foreign money being used. They will want blood back for their money.
I wonder how many MP's will still be in the house when this comes up. Most will be getting their feet in the trough being feed on us. I hope they don't believe all that Connery says, we need another power source other than buying from Europe. Perhaps he will try to get the British government to put money into and English company instead of all the foreign money being used. They will want blood back for their money. Townee
  • Score: -6

4:30pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Bluestew says...

The World Heritage and Jurassic Coast titles are bounded about prolifically when opposing the Navitus wind farm, yet the status seems to mean nothing when they allow planning to drill for gas right behind Durlston Country Park a stones throw from the cliffs on top of a natural fault. Is that because Dorset County Council have their pension plans invested in oil & gas giants I wonder?
The Bournemouth anti wind lobby seem to think Bournemouth is a cut above other towns and displayed that arrogance at the recent consultation at the BIC citing amongst others....Clacton as "poverty towns attracting poverty." ( Director of Tourism Mark Smith) Yet Clacton has embraced its offshore wind farm and tourism has increased because of.
The short sighted folly of choosing gas exploration over renewables will be a toxic legacy left for future generation to clear up as we slip behind Europe in clean energy policy and implementation.
These Councillors and MP's are not make decisions for the health and well-being of people and further generations. They are relics .... blinded by quick profits for the few....fossil fools.
The World Heritage and Jurassic Coast titles are bounded about prolifically when opposing the Navitus wind farm, yet the status seems to mean nothing when they allow planning to drill for gas right behind Durlston Country Park a stones throw from the cliffs on top of a natural fault. Is that because Dorset County Council have their pension plans invested in oil & gas giants I wonder? The Bournemouth anti wind lobby seem to think Bournemouth is a cut above other towns and displayed that arrogance at the recent consultation at the BIC citing amongst others....Clacton as "poverty towns attracting poverty." ( Director of Tourism Mark Smith) Yet Clacton has embraced its offshore wind farm and tourism has increased because of. The short sighted folly of choosing gas exploration over renewables will be a toxic legacy left for future generation to clear up as we slip behind Europe in clean energy policy and implementation. These Councillors and MP's are not make decisions for the health and well-being of people and further generations. They are relics .... blinded by quick profits for the few....fossil fools. Bluestew
  • Score: 9

4:37pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Ophilum says...

Let's hope the mp,s have more common sense than the greens or we are all doomed to this con. Say no to subsidies for wind turbines.
Let's hope the mp,s have more common sense than the greens or we are all doomed to this con. Say no to subsidies for wind turbines. Ophilum
  • Score: 2

6:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

PokesdownMark says...

If only all that wasted hot air could be captured?
If only all that wasted hot air could be captured? PokesdownMark
  • Score: 1

8:29am Thu 10 Jul 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Will any of the 10% of MPs that are scientists/engineers be in attendance?
Will any of the 10% of MPs that are scientists/engineers be in attendance? The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 4

9:47am Thu 10 Jul 14

forest-dweller says...

Bluestew, you have a point. I guess the difference is the visual impact. I presume you are referring to proposed drilling at California Quarry. But looking at western Europe's biggest onshore oil drilling set-up it doesn't have to be that bad. How many people complain about Wytch Farm? How many people even notice it?
Bluestew, you have a point. I guess the difference is the visual impact. I presume you are referring to proposed drilling at California Quarry. But looking at western Europe's biggest onshore oil drilling set-up it doesn't have to be that bad. How many people complain about Wytch Farm? How many people even notice it? forest-dweller
  • Score: 2

10:58am Thu 10 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Bluestew, your comments are perfect. I have brought up the problem of seeing the turbines whilst, say on the beaches. A distance of 21km, and the height of the turbines at 200m (approx), 0.2km high. Simples maths tell the complainers, nimbys, etc, that the view from such levels will be negligable. Along with summer haze, bad weather, I would imagine sighting them would be virtually impossible.

Other windfarms closer to the shores are hard to see at the best of times, but the novelty of looking wears off after a while. Having researched other locations of windfarms, and the effects they have relating to other coastlines, I can find nothing that indicates a drop in tourism, in fact they have risen.

New sources of energy are needed. Having had oil drilling, fracking taking place on the Purbecks and coastlines for the last 20 plus years, I cannot see what there is to complain about with an off shore farm, other than something for those who always complain, to complain about.

Let the Navitus Bay Windfarm go ahead, and Mr. Connor Burns, stop backing the rich people, and do some real good for Bournemouth.
Bluestew, your comments are perfect. I have brought up the problem of seeing the turbines whilst, say on the beaches. A distance of 21km, and the height of the turbines at 200m (approx), 0.2km high. Simples maths tell the complainers, nimbys, etc, that the view from such levels will be negligable. Along with summer haze, bad weather, I would imagine sighting them would be virtually impossible. Other windfarms closer to the shores are hard to see at the best of times, but the novelty of looking wears off after a while. Having researched other locations of windfarms, and the effects they have relating to other coastlines, I can find nothing that indicates a drop in tourism, in fact they have risen. New sources of energy are needed. Having had oil drilling, fracking taking place on the Purbecks and coastlines for the last 20 plus years, I cannot see what there is to complain about with an off shore farm, other than something for those who always complain, to complain about. Let the Navitus Bay Windfarm go ahead, and Mr. Connor Burns, stop backing the rich people, and do some real good for Bournemouth. TheDistrict
  • Score: -1

2:25pm Thu 10 Jul 14

coster says...

We now have a prominent Canadian environmental scientist stating that the Global Warming lobby is totally wrong and that we should prepare for an oncoming Ice Age. Its time we reinstated the coal fired power stations and utilised the resource we have here COAL.
We now have a prominent Canadian environmental scientist stating that the Global Warming lobby is totally wrong and that we should prepare for an oncoming Ice Age. Its time we reinstated the coal fired power stations and utilised the resource we have here COAL. coster
  • Score: 1

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