New round of 'drop-ins' for Navitus Bay wind farm announced

Bournemouth Echo: TURNOUT: Wind farm protesters at Swanage. TURNOUT: Wind farm protesters at Swanage.

THE company behind the controversial Navitus Bay wind farm proposal has announced another round of public events.

Residents will be able to learn what’s next for the offshore wind park during a series of January drop-in sessions that include dates in Swanage, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

Mike Unsworth, project director for Navitus Bay, said: “Since 2010 we have been carrying out comprehensive consultation with the community, and we would like this spirit of consultation to continue in 2014.”

Navitus Bay bosses want to erect up to 218 turbines, 8.89 miles off Swanage and 12.24 miles off the Bournemouth coast.

Opponents fear a wind farm could spell disaster for marine wildlife, while industrialising the landscape and threatening local tourist economies.

Meanwhile, supporters say more green schemes like Navitus Bay should be embraced to stave off a possible future energy crisis.

Swanage-based Challenge Navitus, the group dedicated to fighting the proposals, says its campaign has attracted “massive” support regionally and nationally.

Group spokesman David Lloyd said: “Opposition to this industrialisation of our coastline is beginning to impact on various levels.

“This is a bad plan in the wrong place. The real challenge for this development will come in the spring when Navitus Bay are expected to submit a formal planning application. We are ready to continue the fight to protect this wonderful coastline from avoidable industrialisation, and ensure it remains unspoilt for future generations to enjoy.”

The government recently announced it will offer more funds to offshore wind farms, while cutting support for onshore wind and solar energy plants.

Welcoming this move, Mr Unsworth said: “Offshore wind developments such as Navitus Bay will help the UK meet its carbon reduction targets, reduce our reliance on imported energy and boost the economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs.”

  •  Forthcoming drop-in sessions:
  • Hope Jones Room, Lymington Community Centre, New Street, Lymington, January 21, from 10am to 1pm.
  • The Lighthouse Centre, Poole, January 22, from 10am to 1pm.
  • St Edwards Church Hall, Rempstone Road, Swanage, January 22, from 3pm to 6pm.
  • Menzies Carlton Hotel, East Overcliff, Grove Road, Bournemouth, January 23, from 3pm to 6pm.
  •  The Lounge, New Milton Community Centre, Osborne Road, New Milton, January 24, from 10am to 1pm.
  •  Captain’s Club Hotel, Wick Lane, Wick Lane, Christchurch, January 24, from 3pm to 6pm.

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8:07am Tue 24 Dec 13

Townee says...

I watched a programme on tv yesterday about mighty ships, it was about a ship that installed wind farms in the sea off Belgium. The wind farm was about 4 miles off the cost and the towers were just as high as the ones proposed for us. They were very small when viewed from the coast, I believe that the anti people are trying to scare people.
I say build them and let's have something to see when we go to the beach not only THE SEA. Also it would give visitor something to watch when they are being built.
I watched a programme on tv yesterday about mighty ships, it was about a ship that installed wind farms in the sea off Belgium. The wind farm was about 4 miles off the cost and the towers were just as high as the ones proposed for us. They were very small when viewed from the coast, I believe that the anti people are trying to scare people. I say build them and let's have something to see when we go to the beach not only THE SEA. Also it would give visitor something to watch when they are being built. Townee

8:23am Tue 24 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Townee wrote:
I watched a programme on tv yesterday about mighty ships, it was about a ship that installed wind farms in the sea off Belgium. The wind farm was about 4 miles off the cost and the towers were just as high as the ones proposed for us. They were very small when viewed from the coast, I believe that the anti people are trying to scare people.
I say build them and let's have something to see when we go to the beach not only THE SEA. Also it would give visitor something to watch when they are being built.
Exactly ,as I have been saying they will be a boom to tourism as people will flock here out of curiosity if nothing else and I was told months ago that it will be a favourite spot for painters and artists alike.The anti-people or the silent minority have continually tried scaremongering ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous in attempts to persuade us to follow them those attempts have all failed as can be read on the many comments left over the past months,"bring em on"
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I watched a programme on tv yesterday about mighty ships, it was about a ship that installed wind farms in the sea off Belgium. The wind farm was about 4 miles off the cost and the towers were just as high as the ones proposed for us. They were very small when viewed from the coast, I believe that the anti people are trying to scare people. I say build them and let's have something to see when we go to the beach not only THE SEA. Also it would give visitor something to watch when they are being built.[/p][/quote]Exactly ,as I have been saying they will be a boom to tourism as people will flock here out of curiosity if nothing else and I was told months ago that it will be a favourite spot for painters and artists alike.The anti-people or the silent minority have continually tried scaremongering ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous in attempts to persuade us to follow them those attempts have all failed as can be read on the many comments left over the past months,"bring em on" retry69

8:23am Tue 24 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Townee wrote:
I watched a programme on tv yesterday about mighty ships, it was about a ship that installed wind farms in the sea off Belgium. The wind farm was about 4 miles off the cost and the towers were just as high as the ones proposed for us. They were very small when viewed from the coast, I believe that the anti people are trying to scare people.
I say build them and let's have something to see when we go to the beach not only THE SEA. Also it would give visitor something to watch when they are being built.
Exactly ,as I have been saying they will be a boom to tourism as people will flock here out of curiosity if nothing else and I was told months ago that it will be a favourite spot for painters and artists alike.The anti-people or the silent minority have continually tried scaremongering ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous in attempts to persuade us to follow them those attempts have all failed as can be read on the many comments left over the past months,"bring em on"
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: I watched a programme on tv yesterday about mighty ships, it was about a ship that installed wind farms in the sea off Belgium. The wind farm was about 4 miles off the cost and the towers were just as high as the ones proposed for us. They were very small when viewed from the coast, I believe that the anti people are trying to scare people. I say build them and let's have something to see when we go to the beach not only THE SEA. Also it would give visitor something to watch when they are being built.[/p][/quote]Exactly ,as I have been saying they will be a boom to tourism as people will flock here out of curiosity if nothing else and I was told months ago that it will be a favourite spot for painters and artists alike.The anti-people or the silent minority have continually tried scaremongering ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous in attempts to persuade us to follow them those attempts have all failed as can be read on the many comments left over the past months,"bring em on" retry69

9:02am Tue 24 Dec 13

megdog says...

Looks like the navitus PR department is working today
Looks like the navitus PR department is working today megdog

9:58am Tue 24 Dec 13

a.g.o.g. says...

According to recent research near half the typical 5MW wind turbines being installed in Northern Europe will not withstand the stormy conditions we experienced last night.
So perhaps Navitus Ltd are looking to blame public opinion if the show does not `Hit the , er, Sea` while they pursue affordable insurance quotations?
According to recent research near half the typical 5MW wind turbines being installed in Northern Europe will not withstand the stormy conditions we experienced last night. So perhaps Navitus Ltd are looking to blame public opinion if the show does not `Hit the , er, Sea` while they pursue affordable insurance quotations? a.g.o.g.

1:01pm Tue 24 Dec 13

bobsworthforever says...

Fed UP with all these protesters a wind farm 8 miles offshore causing a noise really so did the wind last night .Migrating birds flying directly into the turbines
their not going to do that they haven't anywhere else .As for tourism doesn't make a any difference just NIMBYS at their worst get on and build it I say
Fed UP with all these protesters a wind farm 8 miles offshore causing a noise really so did the wind last night .Migrating birds flying directly into the turbines their not going to do that they haven't anywhere else .As for tourism doesn't make a any difference just NIMBYS at their worst get on and build it I say bobsworthforever

1:21pm Tue 24 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Yet 'Another round of consultations' this expensive and well travelled Navitus wind farm 'green' gravy train will certainly have clocked up quite a few lucrative miles before most likely being shunted into a siding before anything is actually built.

It won't be the NIMBYs who stop this nonsense, a simple outbreak of common sense would do the trick!
Yet 'Another round of consultations' this expensive and well travelled Navitus wind farm 'green' gravy train will certainly have clocked up quite a few lucrative miles before most likely being shunted into a siding before anything is actually built. It won't be the NIMBYs who stop this nonsense, a simple outbreak of common sense would do the trick! muscliffman

5:37pm Tue 24 Dec 13

lowemustgo says...

Can Mike Unsworth (or one of his proxies) please tell us what new items Navitus expects to be bringing to this further round of exhibitions... or is it just another opportunity for them to push their publicity?
Unless or until they revise their visuals to make them representative;
revise their noise assessments to reflect modern studies; and
address how they propose to mitigate the devastating effect on Tourism which their own surveys forecast, there seems little point in them pretending to "consult" any further.
Can Mike Unsworth (or one of his proxies) please tell us what new items Navitus expects to be bringing to this further round of exhibitions... or is it just another opportunity for them to push their publicity? Unless or until they revise their visuals to make them representative; revise their noise assessments to reflect modern studies; and address how they propose to mitigate the devastating effect on Tourism which their own surveys forecast, there seems little point in them pretending to "consult" any further. lowemustgo

5:51pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Ophilum says...

Quote of the Week: • “We’re spending money that we don’t have, to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, at the behest of people we didn’t elect.” Douglas Carswell, Tory MP for Clacton, UK
So to sum up Sod off you leeches stop trying to scam us with this stupid wind farm.
Quote of the Week: • “We’re spending money that we don’t have, to solve a problem that doesn’t exist, at the behest of people we didn’t elect.” Douglas Carswell, Tory MP for Clacton, UK So to sum up Sod off you leeches stop trying to scam us with this stupid wind farm. Ophilum

12:01am Wed 25 Dec 13

Samalmaairgy says...

Investing money on wind turbine farms or solar panels farms is actually worth it for a better future instead of investing money on useless projects , so it may cost way too much but we will get back these money in return in just a few years in addition to it's benefits to the world ...
Investing money on wind turbine farms or solar panels farms is actually worth it for a better future instead of investing money on useless projects , so it may cost way too much but we will get back these money in return in just a few years in addition to it's benefits to the world ... Samalmaairgy

1:01pm Sat 28 Dec 13

David_divenghy2 says...

megdog wrote:
Looks like the navitus PR department is working today
Nah, it's Richard Drax's secretary...
[quote][p][bold]megdog[/bold] wrote: Looks like the navitus PR department is working today[/p][/quote]Nah, it's Richard Drax's secretary... David_divenghy2

1:04pm Sat 28 Dec 13

David_divenghy2 says...

Samalmaairgy wrote:
Investing money on wind turbine farms or solar panels farms is actually worth it for a better future instead of investing money on useless projects , so it may cost way too much but we will get back these money in return in just a few years in addition to it's benefits to the world ...
From what I have seen so far, wind and solar energy has done nothing more than waste hundreds of millions of tax payers pounds, lined the pockets of the agents behind it and their profiteers and produced naff all compared to its hype.
[quote][p][bold]Samalmaairgy[/bold] wrote: Investing money on wind turbine farms or solar panels farms is actually worth it for a better future instead of investing money on useless projects , so it may cost way too much but we will get back these money in return in just a few years in addition to it's benefits to the world ...[/p][/quote]From what I have seen so far, wind and solar energy has done nothing more than waste hundreds of millions of tax payers pounds, lined the pockets of the agents behind it and their profiteers and produced naff all compared to its hype. David_divenghy2

5:04pm Sat 28 Dec 13

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

...and how hard (and how objectively) have you looked David_divenghy2?
...and how hard (and how objectively) have you looked David_divenghy2? TenBobDylanThomasHardy

5:36pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Ebb Tide says...

muscliffman wrote:
Yet 'Another round of consultations' this expensive and well travelled Navitus wind farm 'green' gravy train will certainly have clocked up quite a few lucrative miles before most likely being shunted into a siding before anything is actually built.

It won't be the NIMBYs who stop this nonsense, a simple outbreak of common sense would do the trick!
All these 'consultations' are subsidized at our expense, in the name of fair 'consultation' ! Congratulations to those, without subsidies, who are trying to get us to notice those other aspects than following silly and over-zealous greenery !!

What about consultation on the "affordable value for limited money over the working life of these turbines located in increasingly stormy and turbulent water" ? Perhaps such a matter ("affordability" within the worldwide economy) is the"technical issue" that cancelled the turbines off the North Devon coast ?

Has anybody else noticed all the water flowing through our more controllable inland waterways without generating anything ? What a waste that harnessing such power is not yet included in the required and overdue credible UK energy policy !!
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Yet 'Another round of consultations' this expensive and well travelled Navitus wind farm 'green' gravy train will certainly have clocked up quite a few lucrative miles before most likely being shunted into a siding before anything is actually built. It won't be the NIMBYs who stop this nonsense, a simple outbreak of common sense would do the trick![/p][/quote]All these 'consultations' are subsidized at our expense, in the name of fair 'consultation' ! Congratulations to those, without subsidies, who are trying to get us to notice those other aspects than following silly and over-zealous greenery !! What about consultation on the "affordable value for limited money over the working life of these turbines located in increasingly stormy and turbulent water" ? Perhaps such a matter ("affordability" within the worldwide economy) is the"technical issue" that cancelled the turbines off the North Devon coast ? Has anybody else noticed all the water flowing through our more controllable inland waterways without generating anything ? What a waste that harnessing such power is not yet included in the required and overdue credible UK energy policy !! Ebb Tide

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