Special meeting held in Poole to discuss wind farm scheme

Bournemouth Echo: Seven-point plan over wind farm proposal Seven-point plan over wind farm proposal

A SEVEN point plan outlining Borough of Poole’s concerns on the proposed £3 billion Navitus Bay wind farm will be debated at full council tomorrow night.

This plan, introduced at a special economy overview & scrutiny committee meeting today, will become one of many documents to be considered by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, which will eventually rule on the controversial wind farm proposal.

French energy giant EDF and Dutch firm Eneco want to erect up to 194 turbines - each towering 200 metres high – off the Dorset coast.

If agreed, the 153 km2 offshore plant will be sited 14.4 km from Purbeck’s Durlston Head.

During Monday’s Borough of Poole committee meeting, members heard from a string of residents, campaigners and local business owners, who voiced their support and opposition to the green energy project - and to the council’s seven point plan.

Dr Martin Price, from East Dorset Friends of the Earth, said: “I’d remind the council that it is committed to the renewable energy strategy for Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset.”

He said the environmental cost of failing to embrace renewable energy projects such as Navitus Bay would be to hasten global climate change.

“We would urge the council to consider some of the costs of not proceeding,” he added.

Meanwhile, in stark opposition to Dr Price, chairman of Dorset’s Campaign to Protect Rural England Group, Terry Stewart, said the wind farm would be a “disaster” for Dorset.

He told the committee: “The Times newspaper has reported that the government’s chief climate adviser, Lord Deben, has said that Britain has approved enough wind turbines to meet the legally binding climate change targets for renewable energy by 2020, leaving the public to choose other ways to cut emissions in future.

“We don’t need to build any more offshore turbines that are so much more expensive than onshore turbines to meet our 2020 legal target,” he stressed.

Roy Pointer of the Poole & Christchurch Bay Association also spoke against the proposals.

“Navitus Bay is too big, too close and totally in the wrong location,” he said.

But Tony Hamilton, of the environment group Agenda 21, called for Poole to do all it could to reduce the threat of climate change.

He said: “We welcome the positive contribution Navitus Bay would make to reducing our greenhouse gases.”

Ends BLOB The plan that - subject to revised wording - committee members agreed to be debated at full council, called for the inspectorate to consider the following points: • Offshore visual impact/mitigation • Offshore ornithology – impact on migrant seabirds • Physical processes – impact on coastal features, wave or tidal movements and sediment disturbance • Marine mammals and mega fauna - impact upon • Offshore socio/economic impacts and mitigation • Tourism - impact on • Macro climatic impacts – will the carbon savings offset carbon costs of the project

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7:20pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ShuttleX says...

I can't be the only one who is sick and tired of this story. When will these people get it in their heads that it is the Government who will pass this. It has nothing to do with any of our Councils. All this consultation rubbish is just a sop from the Government to make people actually feel they have a say. THEY DON'T. What the hell the Campaign to Protect Rural England Group are involved for is beyond me. Rural means countryside, not nearly 15Km out at sea. If these backward looking people had their way, we would all still be living in wattle huts. ( Sits back and waits for all the tree huggers to phone their friends to give me thumbs down lol)
I can't be the only one who is sick and tired of this story. When will these people get it in their heads that it is the Government who will pass this. It has nothing to do with any of our Councils. All this consultation rubbish is just a sop from the Government to make people actually feel they have a say. THEY DON'T. What the hell the Campaign to Protect Rural England Group are involved for is beyond me. Rural means countryside, not nearly 15Km out at sea. If these backward looking people had their way, we would all still be living in wattle huts. ( Sits back and waits for all the tree huggers to phone their friends to give me thumbs down lol) ShuttleX
  • Score: -6

7:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

steveatbournemouth says...

I have to agree with the Environmentalists as their opinions are sound. Mr Stewart and the like aren't interested in green issues they are only interested in retaining their own ideas of how the area should look. They have never moved with the times and are stuck in the past and no doubt would want Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs to be closed to the common people. They only represent a very small number of people and most normal people would support the principle of wind farms.
I have to agree with the Environmentalists as their opinions are sound. Mr Stewart and the like aren't interested in green issues they are only interested in retaining their own ideas of how the area should look. They have never moved with the times and are stuck in the past and no doubt would want Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs to be closed to the common people. They only represent a very small number of people and most normal people would support the principle of wind farms. steveatbournemouth
  • Score: -2

8:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Getridofthetories says...

steveatbournemouth wrote:
I have to agree with the Environmentalists as their opinions are sound. Mr Stewart and the like aren't interested in green issues they are only interested in retaining their own ideas of how the area should look. They have never moved with the times and are stuck in the past and no doubt would want Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs to be closed to the common people. They only represent a very small number of people and most normal people would support the principle of wind farms.
you gotta be joking, the majority would support windfarms?
Youre living in cloud cuckoo land
I suspect you drive an electric car? powered by lead batteries?
I watched most of the supporters of the windfarm get into their petrol drinking cars to go home from the meeting
Take a look at the Councillors cars, do you see any hybrid vehicles or electric storage heatinhing in there homes
I saw a supercar outside the council offices with what seemed to be a councillors initials on it, do you supoose that cuncillor supported the ethics of green
Tell the government to stop production of private car vehicles with a cc over 1100 then you will see a reduction in greenhouse emissions, a few windturbines in poole,bournemouth and christchurch bay wont make an ounce of difference to greenhouse emissions
[quote][p][bold]steveatbournemouth[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with the Environmentalists as their opinions are sound. Mr Stewart and the like aren't interested in green issues they are only interested in retaining their own ideas of how the area should look. They have never moved with the times and are stuck in the past and no doubt would want Branksome Park and Canford Cliffs to be closed to the common people. They only represent a very small number of people and most normal people would support the principle of wind farms.[/p][/quote]you gotta be joking, the majority would support windfarms? Youre living in cloud cuckoo land I suspect you drive an electric car? powered by lead batteries? I watched most of the supporters of the windfarm get into their petrol drinking cars to go home from the meeting Take a look at the Councillors cars, do you see any hybrid vehicles or electric storage heatinhing in there homes I saw a supercar outside the council offices with what seemed to be a councillors initials on it, do you supoose that cuncillor supported the ethics of green Tell the government to stop production of private car vehicles with a cc over 1100 then you will see a reduction in greenhouse emissions, a few windturbines in poole,bournemouth and christchurch bay wont make an ounce of difference to greenhouse emissions Getridofthetories
  • Score: -1

9:25pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ophilum says...

The greens and the enviro lobby are no better than loons in charge of the asylum, the most stupidest scheme i have ever seen, and the most expensive talk about tilting at windmills. Watermelons the lot.
The greens and the enviro lobby are no better than loons in charge of the asylum, the most stupidest scheme i have ever seen, and the most expensive talk about tilting at windmills. Watermelons the lot. Ophilum
  • Score: 2

9:30pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mooninpisces says...

I'm intrigued that Terry Stewart now argues that offshore wind farms are not needed because onshore wind farms cost less.

Is he now going to use his considerable influence with Dorset CPRE and Dorset Against Rural Turbines to reverse their blanket opposition to any onshore wind farms in the county?
I'm intrigued that Terry Stewart now argues that offshore wind farms are not needed because onshore wind farms cost less. Is he now going to use his considerable influence with Dorset CPRE and Dorset Against Rural Turbines to reverse their blanket opposition to any onshore wind farms in the county? mooninpisces
  • Score: 0

9:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

adspacebroker says...

ShuttleX wrote:
I can't be the only one who is sick and tired of this story. When will these people get it in their heads that it is the Government who will pass this. It has nothing to do with any of our Councils. All this consultation rubbish is just a sop from the Government to make people actually feel they have a say. THEY DON'T. What the hell the Campaign to Protect Rural England Group are involved for is beyond me. Rural means countryside, not nearly 15Km out at sea. If these backward looking people had their way, we would all still be living in wattle huts. ( Sits back and waits for all the tree huggers to phone their friends to give me thumbs down lol)
It's coming your way...deal with it!
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: I can't be the only one who is sick and tired of this story. When will these people get it in their heads that it is the Government who will pass this. It has nothing to do with any of our Councils. All this consultation rubbish is just a sop from the Government to make people actually feel they have a say. THEY DON'T. What the hell the Campaign to Protect Rural England Group are involved for is beyond me. Rural means countryside, not nearly 15Km out at sea. If these backward looking people had their way, we would all still be living in wattle huts. ( Sits back and waits for all the tree huggers to phone their friends to give me thumbs down lol)[/p][/quote]It's coming your way...deal with it! adspacebroker
  • Score: -2

11:18pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Wind.......it's the future.
Wind.......it's the future. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -5

4:09am Tue 3 Jun 14

Getridofthetories says...

Ophilum wrote:
The greens and the enviro lobby are no better than loons in charge of the asylum, the most stupidest scheme i have ever seen, and the most expensive talk about tilting at windmills. Watermelons the lot.
Here here kind sir
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: The greens and the enviro lobby are no better than loons in charge of the asylum, the most stupidest scheme i have ever seen, and the most expensive talk about tilting at windmills. Watermelons the lot.[/p][/quote]Here here kind sir Getridofthetories
  • Score: 3

4:15am Tue 3 Jun 14

Getridofthetories says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Wind.......it's the future.
Countries all over the world have had windfarms for years and they have left the things to rot because their not fit for purpose and too expensive

It's not rocket science is it? Might be apt to suggest you do some research
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Wind.......it's the future.[/p][/quote]Countries all over the world have had windfarms for years and they have left the things to rot because their not fit for purpose and too expensive It's not rocket science is it? Might be apt to suggest you do some research Getridofthetories
  • Score: 4

7:44am Tue 3 Jun 14

Ophilum says...

It nearly bankrupted Spain, the greens and watermelons, they are all mad as fruitcakes and nutters the lot of them, brainwashed with there green wash. They Talk hogwash and the scariest thing is they belive it and so does this stupid goverment.
It nearly bankrupted Spain, the greens and watermelons, they are all mad as fruitcakes and nutters the lot of them, brainwashed with there green wash. They Talk hogwash and the scariest thing is they belive it and so does this stupid goverment. Ophilum
  • Score: 4

9:20am Tue 3 Jun 14

yet_another_one says...

Ophilum wrote:
It nearly bankrupted Spain, the greens and watermelons, they are all mad as fruitcakes and nutters the lot of them, brainwashed with there green wash. They Talk hogwash and the scariest thing is they belive it and so does this stupid goverment.
Your stupidity almost makes me speechless.
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: It nearly bankrupted Spain, the greens and watermelons, they are all mad as fruitcakes and nutters the lot of them, brainwashed with there green wash. They Talk hogwash and the scariest thing is they belive it and so does this stupid goverment.[/p][/quote]Your stupidity almost makes me speechless. yet_another_one
  • Score: -1

6:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Ophilum says...

Yet another one says, you make me speechless ..........Ha Ha I very much doubt it as you lefty greens seem to have very much the centre stage with your green mush and the rest of us cant get a word in edgeways.... NEW Report just out Intermittent and unreliable wind and solar power pose a serious energy security risk and threaten to undermine the reliability of energy generation in the UK, according to a new report. Oh no it will send the greens and lefties into a tailspin of denial, this can,t be so we won,t let it be. Hypocrites the lot.
Yet another one says, you make me speechless ..........Ha Ha I very much doubt it as you lefty greens seem to have very much the centre stage with your green mush and the rest of us cant get a word in edgeways.... NEW Report just out Intermittent and unreliable wind and solar power pose a serious energy security risk and threaten to undermine the reliability of energy generation in the UK, according to a new report. Oh no it will send the greens and lefties into a tailspin of denial, this can,t be so we won,t let it be. Hypocrites the lot. Ophilum
  • Score: 4

9:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Getridofthetories says...

Ophilum wrote:
Yet another one says, you make me speechless ..........Ha Ha I very much doubt it as you lefty greens seem to have very much the centre stage with your green mush and the rest of us cant get a word in edgeways.... NEW Report just out Intermittent and unreliable wind and solar power pose a serious energy security risk and threaten to undermine the reliability of energy generation in the UK, according to a new report. Oh no it will send the greens and lefties into a tailspin of denial, this can,t be so we won,t let it be. Hypocrites the lot.
Here here, well said my friend...
[quote][p][bold]Ophilum[/bold] wrote: Yet another one says, you make me speechless ..........Ha Ha I very much doubt it as you lefty greens seem to have very much the centre stage with your green mush and the rest of us cant get a word in edgeways.... NEW Report just out Intermittent and unreliable wind and solar power pose a serious energy security risk and threaten to undermine the reliability of energy generation in the UK, according to a new report. Oh no it will send the greens and lefties into a tailspin of denial, this can,t be so we won,t let it be. Hypocrites the lot.[/p][/quote]Here here, well said my friend... Getridofthetories
  • Score: 0

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