‘Keep the pressure on’ call to opponents of wind farm scheme

KEEP PRESSURE ON: Christchurch Conservative MP, Chris Chope

KEEP PRESSURE ON: Christchurch Conservative MP, Chris Chope

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A DORSET MP has urged opponents of the Navitus Bay scheme to ‘keep the pressure on’ in an attempt to get the scheme withdrawn.

Christchurch Conservative MP Chris Chope says people need to keep up the fight against the controversial wind farm scheme, 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.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, he said: “Other wind farm developments have been withdrawn and effectively the more objections and the more difficult it looks for the developer, the more their mind is concentrated on whether it is going to be worthwhile.

“This has got a record number of objections and that needs to be noted.

“There are a lot of cynical people who think this is a done deal.

“But my view is that there is everything to play for.”

The call comes just days after Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns called on culture minister Ed Vaizey to protect the Dorset Coast from the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm.

Speaking on Wednesday night in Parliament, Mr Burns said the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site was under threat from the development.

The vast majority of people who have registered to have their say on the wind farm are opposing the plans.

Around 2,700 registrations have been made, thought to be far higher than for any other offshore wind project, including the abandoned Atlantic Array off the south coast of Wales.

A wide range of organisation and individuals – including Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole – have raised worries over a raft of issues – including the visual impact, threats to boating and fishing and the potential impact on the area’s tourism industry.

However, there is support for the scheme from East Dorset Friends of the Earth and the BH Green Group.

Mike Unsworth, Project Director at Navitus Bay, said: “While the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will certainly take into account the views of those local residents who submitted comments – both in support of and opposed to the proposed wind park – the primary purpose of these comments is to help PINS identify the specific issues that need to be examined when assessing whether the project plans should be granted planning permission.

“We were pleased, but not surprised, that Culture Minister Ed Vaizey confirmed this week that the Environmental Impact Assessment that was carried out for Navitus Bay is independent and valid and that, since the proposed wind park has not to date been examined by the world heritage committee, the world heritage status of the Jurassic Coast is not currently considered

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1:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Anneaa says...

NIMBYs of the world unite!!!
NIMBYs of the world unite!!! Anneaa
  • Score: 13

1:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Townee says...

I'm surprised he could get his snout out off the trough long enough to make any comments. Has he done anything of any use since he was voted in as an MP?
I'm surprised he could get his snout out off the trough long enough to make any comments. Has he done anything of any use since he was voted in as an MP? Townee
  • Score: 16

2:34pm Tue 15 Jul 14

greeneb says...

Wake up people we need Green energy. Look at Germany half their energy comes from the Sun!!! Solar and wind should be expanded to the max do people still not believe in climate change?? Cheap renewable British energy for all generations to come got to be better than giving money to foreign companies that rip us off.
Great views ect should be taken into account but with in reason but the greater good should prevail !!!
Wake up people we need Green energy. Look at Germany half their energy comes from the Sun!!! Solar and wind should be expanded to the max do people still not believe in climate change?? Cheap renewable British energy for all generations to come got to be better than giving money to foreign companies that rip us off. Great views ect should be taken into account but with in reason but the greater good should prevail !!! greeneb
  • Score: 13

3:56pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Lizardman says...

I do find the lack of actual informed opinion on this subject frightening (but not surprising as the UK gov does not share important information with it's citizens). Perhaps these NIMBYS would like fracking instead which turns large areas above ground into wastland and pumps 362 different chemicals (72 of which are severely toxic) into the ground past the water table. Wake up people. The oil is running out (we are arguably past oil peak already which is why our energy bills are constantly increasing) we NEED to invest in green energy now before we turn much of our precious land into toxic wastland. Hats off to Germany and Scotland for investing properly into renewable green energy. Shame on the NIMBYS who only selfishly look at one trivial side of the argument. Have fun explaining to your grandchildren how you played your part in great energy crisis and helped make the environment worse. Hmmm would I rather have to look at some windmills creating energy or live in a county where fracking has killed the wildlife, made large parts of the countryside into "no go" areas, poisoned the water supply and the surrounding air. WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
I do find the lack of actual informed opinion on this subject frightening (but not surprising as the UK gov does not share important information with it's citizens). Perhaps these NIMBYS would like fracking instead which turns large areas above ground into wastland and pumps 362 different chemicals (72 of which are severely toxic) into the ground past the water table. Wake up people. The oil is running out (we are arguably past oil peak already which is why our energy bills are constantly increasing) we NEED to invest in green energy now before we turn much of our precious land into toxic wastland. Hats off to Germany and Scotland for investing properly into renewable green energy. Shame on the NIMBYS who only selfishly look at one trivial side of the argument. Have fun explaining to your grandchildren how you played your part in great energy crisis and helped make the environment worse. Hmmm would I rather have to look at some windmills creating energy or live in a county where fracking has killed the wildlife, made large parts of the countryside into "no go" areas, poisoned the water supply and the surrounding air. WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. Lizardman
  • Score: 7

4:03pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

greeneb wrote:
Wake up people we need Green energy. Look at Germany half their energy comes from the Sun!!! Solar and wind should be expanded to the max do people still not believe in climate change?? Cheap renewable British energy for all generations to come got to be better than giving money to foreign companies that rip us off.
Great views ect should be taken into account but with in reason but the greater good should prevail !!!
Yes we need energy alternatives but not at the cost of doubling our already extortionate energy bills or to make a certain few very wealthy while living off the subsidies which we have to pay for.
No I don't believe in climate change, arctic ice is at it's largest volume for 36 years while we are told by climate change scaremongers that it has declined.
Wind farms do not provide cheap renewable energy, in fact they don't provide enough to make a difference.
We should recognise climate change for the scam it is and build nuclear, get shot of all these idiotic green taxes and give the British public a break.
[quote][p][bold]greeneb[/bold] wrote: Wake up people we need Green energy. Look at Germany half their energy comes from the Sun!!! Solar and wind should be expanded to the max do people still not believe in climate change?? Cheap renewable British energy for all generations to come got to be better than giving money to foreign companies that rip us off. Great views ect should be taken into account but with in reason but the greater good should prevail !!![/p][/quote]Yes we need energy alternatives but not at the cost of doubling our already extortionate energy bills or to make a certain few very wealthy while living off the subsidies which we have to pay for. No I don't believe in climate change, arctic ice is at it's largest volume for 36 years while we are told by climate change scaremongers that it has declined. Wind farms do not provide cheap renewable energy, in fact they don't provide enough to make a difference. We should recognise climate change for the scam it is and build nuclear, get shot of all these idiotic green taxes and give the British public a break. Hessenford
  • Score: -9

4:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

skydriver says...

Goodness me he has come out of the woodwork, and said something positive., Em is it because election time will soon be around.
Don't generally hear a word from him.
Goodness me he has come out of the woodwork, and said something positive., Em is it because election time will soon be around. Don't generally hear a word from him. skydriver
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Townee says...

This country has missing the boat with regard to energy. We now pay more to foreign countries for our energy than ever before and it will only get worse unless we take action for ourselves. We need to build anything that will give us homegrown power not bought in. The problem with that is it's foreign money that is invested now to build the things we need. All our spare money goes to help third world countries while Europe cut their help to a minimum.
We need to realise that if we can't help ourselves then in the future we won't be able to help others who might need it.
This country has missing the boat with regard to energy. We now pay more to foreign countries for our energy than ever before and it will only get worse unless we take action for ourselves. We need to build anything that will give us homegrown power not bought in. The problem with that is it's foreign money that is invested now to build the things we need. All our spare money goes to help third world countries while Europe cut their help to a minimum. We need to realise that if we can't help ourselves then in the future we won't be able to help others who might need it. Townee
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Tue 15 Jul 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Talking of wind farms.There is no bigger bag of wind then Chope and Burns.
Talking of wind farms.There is no bigger bag of wind then Chope and Burns. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 3

6:39pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Lizardman wrote:
I do find the lack of actual informed opinion on this subject frightening (but not surprising as the UK gov does not share important information with it's citizens). Perhaps these NIMBYS would like fracking instead which turns large areas above ground into wastland and pumps 362 different chemicals (72 of which are severely toxic) into the ground past the water table. Wake up people. The oil is running out (we are arguably past oil peak already which is why our energy bills are constantly increasing) we NEED to invest in green energy now before we turn much of our precious land into toxic wastland. Hats off to Germany and Scotland for investing properly into renewable green energy. Shame on the NIMBYS who only selfishly look at one trivial side of the argument. Have fun explaining to your grandchildren how you played your part in great energy crisis and helped make the environment worse. Hmmm would I rather have to look at some windmills creating energy or live in a county where fracking has killed the wildlife, made large parts of the countryside into "no go" areas, poisoned the water supply and the surrounding air. WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
More scaremongering.
[quote][p][bold]Lizardman[/bold] wrote: I do find the lack of actual informed opinion on this subject frightening (but not surprising as the UK gov does not share important information with it's citizens). Perhaps these NIMBYS would like fracking instead which turns large areas above ground into wastland and pumps 362 different chemicals (72 of which are severely toxic) into the ground past the water table. Wake up people. The oil is running out (we are arguably past oil peak already which is why our energy bills are constantly increasing) we NEED to invest in green energy now before we turn much of our precious land into toxic wastland. Hats off to Germany and Scotland for investing properly into renewable green energy. Shame on the NIMBYS who only selfishly look at one trivial side of the argument. Have fun explaining to your grandchildren how you played your part in great energy crisis and helped make the environment worse. Hmmm would I rather have to look at some windmills creating energy or live in a county where fracking has killed the wildlife, made large parts of the countryside into "no go" areas, poisoned the water supply and the surrounding air. WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.[/p][/quote]More scaremongering. Hessenford
  • Score: -4

8:44pm Tue 15 Jul 14

harrythered says...

greeneb wrote:
Wake up people we need Green energy. Look at Germany half their energy comes from the Sun!!! Solar and wind should be expanded to the max do people still not believe in climate change?? Cheap renewable British energy for all generations to come got to be better than giving money to foreign companies that rip us off.
Great views ect should be taken into account but with in reason but the greater good should prevail !!!
50% of their energy - you must be joking, Why are the Germans currently building coal fired power stations then - answer to keep the lights on as they recognise the folly of shutting down their nuclear plants and turning to so called renewables. As for cheap - what planet do you come from - the Germans have the highest electricity costs in Europe.
[quote][p][bold]greeneb[/bold] wrote: Wake up people we need Green energy. Look at Germany half their energy comes from the Sun!!! Solar and wind should be expanded to the max do people still not believe in climate change?? Cheap renewable British energy for all generations to come got to be better than giving money to foreign companies that rip us off. Great views ect should be taken into account but with in reason but the greater good should prevail !!![/p][/quote]50% of their energy - you must be joking, Why are the Germans currently building coal fired power stations then - answer to keep the lights on as they recognise the folly of shutting down their nuclear plants and turning to so called renewables. As for cheap - what planet do you come from - the Germans have the highest electricity costs in Europe. harrythered
  • Score: 2

8:48pm Tue 15 Jul 14

harrythered says...

Lizardman wrote:
I do find the lack of actual informed opinion on this subject frightening (but not surprising as the UK gov does not share important information with it's citizens). Perhaps these NIMBYS would like fracking instead which turns large areas above ground into wastland and pumps 362 different chemicals (72 of which are severely toxic) into the ground past the water table. Wake up people. The oil is running out (we are arguably past oil peak already which is why our energy bills are constantly increasing) we NEED to invest in green energy now before we turn much of our precious land into toxic wastland. Hats off to Germany and Scotland for investing properly into renewable green energy. Shame on the NIMBYS who only selfishly look at one trivial side of the argument. Have fun explaining to your grandchildren how you played your part in great energy crisis and helped make the environment worse. Hmmm would I rather have to look at some windmills creating energy or live in a county where fracking has killed the wildlife, made large parts of the countryside into "no go" areas, poisoned the water supply and the surrounding air. WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
Suggest you take a trip to the USA like I have done to see the truth about fracking rather than the ill informed nonsense you are spouting. Killed wildlife ? oh that would be the bird chomping windmills would it.
[quote][p][bold]Lizardman[/bold] wrote: I do find the lack of actual informed opinion on this subject frightening (but not surprising as the UK gov does not share important information with it's citizens). Perhaps these NIMBYS would like fracking instead which turns large areas above ground into wastland and pumps 362 different chemicals (72 of which are severely toxic) into the ground past the water table. Wake up people. The oil is running out (we are arguably past oil peak already which is why our energy bills are constantly increasing) we NEED to invest in green energy now before we turn much of our precious land into toxic wastland. Hats off to Germany and Scotland for investing properly into renewable green energy. Shame on the NIMBYS who only selfishly look at one trivial side of the argument. Have fun explaining to your grandchildren how you played your part in great energy crisis and helped make the environment worse. Hmmm would I rather have to look at some windmills creating energy or live in a county where fracking has killed the wildlife, made large parts of the countryside into "no go" areas, poisoned the water supply and the surrounding air. WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.[/p][/quote]Suggest you take a trip to the USA like I have done to see the truth about fracking rather than the ill informed nonsense you are spouting. Killed wildlife ? oh that would be the bird chomping windmills would it. harrythered
  • Score: -3

12:11pm Wed 16 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Get back under your piece of wood Mr Chope, and take Mr Burns with you. 2700 complaints against the Navitus Bay project, out of how many hundreds of thousands, 200k from Bournemouth alone. They may not back the project, but at the same time they are not against it. They believe in lets get on with it and give it a try.

This is the way ahead.
Get back under your piece of wood Mr Chope, and take Mr Burns with you. 2700 complaints against the Navitus Bay project, out of how many hundreds of thousands, 200k from Bournemouth alone. They may not back the project, but at the same time they are not against it. They believe in lets get on with it and give it a try. This is the way ahead. TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

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