Navitus bay consultation will be ‘one-sided’ say campaigners

Public consultation on the controversial offshore wind farm is being held.

Campaigners in Bournemouth have said that a consultation over a controversial wind farm will only give one side of the argument.

Bournemouth Council is set to hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the Navitus Bay proposal for an offshore wind farm in Dorset.

East Dorset Friends of the Earth coordinator Angela Pooley is due to attend the meeting. She said: “The main obstacle that faces the project is political, as 80 per cent of council members opposed the project due to fears over UKIP growing in popularity, and they [UKIP] strongly oppose the project as well.”

Navitus Bay are due to submit their application to the Planning Inspectorate along with an environmental statement, which will set out all of the likely environmental impacts for the site.

Bird migration

Members of the Save our Dorset Seaside campaign will explain the dangers in a special presentation at the meeting about how the project will affect bird migration, after hundred of thousands of birds were seen in the area, flying south-west over the Isle of Wight.

The wind farm would consist of 194 turbines that would reach a height of 200 metres and would cost an estimated £3.5bn. But concerns over the project have long been held by some residents, with fears being cited of high noise levels.

The council have made the meeting open to the public so that residents can express their views and receive clarification on the project – although Navitus Bay itself will not be present.

The meeting takes place at 6pm on Thursday 10 April at the Town Hall.

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