LIVE: Meeting for Poole residents to give views on Navitus Bay wind farm proposals (From Bournemouth Echo)
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LIVE: Meeting for Poole residents to give views on Navitus Bay wind farm proposals
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- A maximum of nine representatives from each side will be given five minutes each to give their views
- The special meeting of the committee is being held in the Civic Centre to hear residents opinions on the environmental statement
- Committee members will decide whether to recommendation to full council
The meeting has ended and the environmental statement has been sent for recommendation to full council tomorrow evening.
The councillors are continuing to debate the environment statement, with assistance of council officers, before recommending that it is put before full council tomorrow evening at 6pm.
Cllr Anne Stribley says that there are a lot of windfarms around and they are not 'visually lovely' but are they necessary for the future?
She says that our children and grandchildren will be living in a different world to the one that we have grown up in.
Everyone has now returned to their seats.
The meeting will then be summed up and a decision will be made by councillors from Borough of Poole on whether the detail report adequately addresses residents' concerns and whether a recommendation should be made to full council tomorrow.
We have now stopped for a five minute break before the meeting is opened up to debate and questions from members of the public.
Councillors from Borough of Poole are currently putting forward their questions and checking clarifications about the environmental statement.
Cllr Brian Clements, chair of the economy overview and scrutiny committee, is asked by several members of the public if they can now put forward their views. He tells them that the moment, he is treating this as a standard committee meeting, but there will be time for questions a bit later.
At this rate, he says, renewable energy is much cheaper to harness than the cost of fossil fuels.
Says that wind farming has become an increasingly popular source of energy in foreign countries.
Finishes by asking what sort of legacy we should be leaving for our children and their future.
James Wise from Eco Borne is the last contributor on residents views at this committee meeting.
Says that although society is becoming more environmentally aware, people are still taking their energy supply for granted.
He says that the opponents of the wind farm have failed to offer an alternative.
Ian Stannage is here to support the Navitus Bay wind farm. He saysthat research shows that 85-per-cent of residents agree that sources of renewable energy should be found. He goes on to say that this is clearly a good example of that.
He says that we owe our kids an economic strategy which works.
Poole and Bournemouth are and will always be beautiful.
Russell Sartine from Eco Borne says that in this day and age, we can capture the wind and use it for energy. Describes the wind as a clean source of renewable energy, which is free and so, once built, the wind farm's running costs would be virtually zero.
Says that the wind turbines may marginally change the view, but we must all take responsibility for our planet.
She says that she hopes residents and the council will make the right decision and support the Navitus Bay wind farm.
Alice Rogers from Dorset Acupuncture Centre says that she is here to speak on behalf of her clients.
Goes on to say that she thinks it would be a lost opportunity to set an example and invest in renewable energy.
He says that he is sorry to hear that NBDL have had to reduce the number of turbines and place them further out to sea, just because of pressure from the council.
He says that the tourism industry opposes the sound of the turbines, when they play host to the air festival, and the noisy aircraft who fly during it, for three days every year.
Jeff Williams, resident of Upper Parkstone, says that he finds it staggering that people would argue against the turbines, by saying that they would ruin the view, when the turbines are based several miles out to see.
Mr Hedgeman, from Brownsea Island Ferries Ltd, says that he employs around 14 - 20 people, who would lose their jobs if the Navitus Bay wind farm proposals go ahead.
He says that a lot of people hate the very idea of windfarms, but once they are built, even the toughest critic of Navitus Bay will become accepting of them.
Says that the blades would be almost invisible even to someone with perfect 20:20 vision
He says that for well over 60% of the time, the turbines themselves would be completely invisible to the naked eye.
Martin Rodger is here to discuss how clearly residents could see the turbines from Poole.
Says that height is irrelevant when considering how easily the turbines could be seen.
Tony Hamilton, from Agenda 21, says that the information campaign to the public so far has led residents to think of the wind farm as noisy and 'an industrial complex'.
However he says that the turbines can be described as quite beautiful, graceful structures, which move slowly in the wind.
Says that these developers will be paid three times as much for their electricity, compared to supply from a standard gas power station.
He asks: ' At a time of energy inflation, why pay out these massive sums?'
Says that the project will have a significant impact on the natural setti of the World Heritage Centre.
Terry Stewart, Chair of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, now speaking.
Says that the scheme will result in a consiserable loss of visitors and those who do come to the area will not return.
He starts by saying that the meeting should have been held at 6pm, not 2pm, as many people cannot attend in the mid-afternoon. Other residents applaud him.
Now hearing from John Sprackling, Chair of Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and DistrictResidents Association.
Goes on to say that his project is being done to us, but we have the opportunity to stop it in it's tracks.
Asks how the council can let this happen.
He has run out of his five minutes of time.
Committee agrees he can have 30 seconds extra.
Says that the Navitus Bay will have up to 600 rotating blades, with a tip speed of 200mph, which could hit flying birds.
He says that wind turbines would adversely affect the views from the Jurrassic Coast
Roy Pointer from Poole and Christchurch Bay Association:
Navitus Bay is too big, too close and in the wrong location. Describes the turbines as 'monsters'.
Says that they believe that the costs and benefits of proceeding with the proposal, could outweigh the cost of not proceeding with the proposal.
Dr Martin Price is now representing the East Dorset Friends of the Earth.
He said that failing to develop the wind farm could have more harmful effects on coastal erosion and wildlife than would constructing it.
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He says that Bournemouth's Director of Tourism says that there will be a 32% drop in visitor numbers in the 4-5years of construction needed for the wind farm.
A tiny decline in tourism would completely negate any gain from the wind farm and tourism is only a fraction of the total economic picture.
A key aspect of our local economy is a huge tourism and leisure sector that derives it's wealth from our beautiful surroundings.
Mr Finch says: The question is not about whether we should have wind farms, but where they should be built.
There will be 194 or so wind turbines, each 200metres high, 1.5 times as high as the Isle of Wight.
His friend, David Darling, will be speaking on his behalf due to Mr Finch having tonsillitis, he says.
We are now due to hear from Brian Finch, Friends of Harbour Reach
Mr Dring says that that an expert looking at the proposal should look at an assessment of the overall carbon saving of the project
Another focus is on theissue of tourism and the mitigation by NBDL is the potential of a visitor centre, amongst other things.
He goes on to say that the council would like to see more vendors to the economy and an increase of jobs if the proposal goes ahead.
Steve Dring, council officer, says that have reduced the number the number of wind turbines, which should help to reduce the number of bird collisions. He also says that a flashing light will be placed on each turbine to make them easier for marine traffic and birds to see at night.
We are now hearing a council officer:
'In terms of the process, we commented on the environmental statement back in September.
'What we have done as officers is concentrated on the environmental statement.
'NBDL have reduced the number of wind turbines from 218 to 194, and they have also changed the colour to grey.'
Stephen Thorne, Head of Planning and Regeneration Services, says that the purpose of this meeting is that members of the council wish to address to the examination report on the Navitus Bay wind farm that requires amendment, deletion or assertion.
The planning proposal by Navitus Bay plc was approved on May 8.
Cllr Brian Clements, chair of the committee says that the purposes of the meeting is, amongst other things, to allow for residents to ask questions and present heir views
Good afternoon from the Civic Centre
There are around 50 people in the public seating.
The meeting at the Civic Centre in Poole is due to start at 2pm.
Reporter Caitlin Marsh will be providing live updates from the meeting.
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