Report this comment
  • "
    a.g.o.g. wrote:
    penhale wrote:
    Tony Trent wrote:
    Turtlebay wrote: Why is a Dutch company so interested in placing these generators off OUR coastline? http://www.eneco.com /organisation/Shareh olders/Pages/Default .aspx
    Because WE need the energy, and there are some in the Government (and the previous Government) that have had the sense to realise this. They are not all shareholders in the gas, oil & nuclear industries that stand to gain huge profits if they are the only game left in town. Before getting too excited about subsidies, as many will, it might be worth checking out the huge subsidies that will be needed to (a) clean up old, & (b) build new nuclear power stations. That might be almost as much, or possibly more, than was put in to bail the banks out. One final bit of information to the above poster... Much of out water & sewerage companies, electricity suppliers, public transport & nearly all the oil companies are foreign owned, so what's different about wind generation? Foreign companies are bound to gain a lead over ours if we can't even get minor wind farm projects off the ground, and lose a nearby manufacturer. In some other countries wind turbines are quite commonplace. The NIMBY's are helping us become an even more backward country!
    We all need new ways of generating energy but the cost to the people of this country is extortionate compared to what we will get back, at least nuclear power doesn't rely on the wind blowing, wind farms, although majestic looking are uneconomical to operate and probably cancel out any co2 saving during the building of them, there are much more effective and constructive ways of harnessing power. I believe that all this global warming hogwash has been concocted by a certain few as a scaremongering money making scam. First the ozone layer was disappearing so we banned cfts in spray cans, then it was car emissions and somebody made millions out of that rubbish, when cars became cleaner they started on about cows ****, how they will clean that up I have no idea. They must have a department somewhere full of men in suits thinking what they can dream up next to prove global warming of climate change as it was once known, that one died a death as well. Nuclear is the way to go, at least it has proved itself to work whatever the weather and safety is much better now that 30 years ago. We don't need hundreds of fans covering the planet which produces very little but fills the pockets of the scaremongers at our expense. If these things get off the ground we will all be NIMBYs as you put it because we will all have one of these things in our own back yard.
    More like in our front gardens actually... The UK may have committed itself to making an offering to carbon reduction by use of solar,wind collection methods but that doesn`t mean we should have an enormous wind power plant plonked in such a premier position when it could equally and likely more benificailly be sited away from highly populated, visitted yet still scenic conurbations such as ours. Unfortunately the more technical downsides of collecting wind energy in such a busy shipping as well as residential region of our Southern coastline seem to be beyond the grasp of they speaking on our behalf. Sunny days in our Region with a nice mild South Westerly breeze might well become as rare as hen`s teeth if they dio not.
    ....do not get a grip(intended ending).
    Second Red Grouse input above........
    is anybody out there listening tho`?"
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.


  • Enter the above word in the box below

Warning over planned Dorset wind farm

Warning over planned Dorset wind farm

CONCERNS: How the proposed wind farm would look

THREAT: Conor Burns

POOR TREATMENT: Mike Francis

‘TREATED LIKE CHILDREN’: Council leader John Beesley

First published in News by

WIND farm developer Eneco has been warned to produce the facts about its turbine proposals – or risk having its plans scuppered.

Frustrations bubbled over at a heated meeting, at which Eneco was accused of treating local residents “like children”.

And it ended with a stark threat from Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns, who said he would ask the Secretary of State to intervene if Eneco did not “up their game”.

Local MPs, councillors and tourism representatives have long complained about a lack of meaningful information from Eneco, which wants to build the Navitus Bay wind farm on a 76-square mile site off the Swanage coast.

Eneco has not yet said how many turbines there will be – although Mr Burns said the meeting heard it could be as many as 333 – how high they will be or where they will be located. It has also not produced any images showing the impact from the coast.

Mr Burns said: “How can they tell us how much power the turbines will generate but not how many there will be and what size they will be?

“I told them trust had broken down between them and us and unless that is transformed, I will do everything I can to get the Secretary of State to stop this.”

Local councillors and MPs are only consultees on the wind farm project, as the seabed is owned by the Crown Estate. The Secretary of State is the only person who could scupper Eneco’s plans.

Bournemouth council leader Cllr John Beesley stressed they were open-minded on the scheme but said dealing with Eneco was “immensely frustrating”.

“They tell us no decisions have been made, well quite frankly I don’t believe that and I don’t think anybody else in the room believed it either,” he said.

“I told them some months ago they were treating local people, businesses and the public sector with contempt, treating us with extreme naivety, treating us as though we were children.”

And Mike Francis, of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, said: “Basically all they have done is treated us like idiots. We’ve been patient for a year listening to the various speeches they have made but we’re still none the wiser.”

  • In a statement, Eneco said: “Members of the Navitus Bay Development Ltd team met with Conor Burns MP and other local elected officials and civic representatives as part of an ongoing and extensive programme of consultation.

“Forthright views were expressed at the meeting that reflects the fact that this is a very important and highly complex proposal and therefore we welcome them.

“In line with this the Navitus Bay team committed to make the consultation process as open and transparent as possible, which would include addressing the specific concerns raised at the meeting.

“A further round of public consultation is scheduled for November and by that stage many of the technical issues, concerns and options raised during previous rounds will have been addressed so that the community can gain a comprehensive, fair and accurate impression of what is being proposed.

“This response will include detailed visualisations and initial findings from the environmental impact assessment, digital imagery and a comprehensive review of the economic implications.”

Local Businesses

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree