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'Controversial' Cumbria wind farm idea get frosty reception from councillors

Councillor David Moore, admitted he was personally a “not a great lover” of wind energy and also warned the turbines would make those off the coast of Walney look like “babies”. He added: “I look forward to us developing that position statement and I think it’s one that will create a lot of interest and debate in Copeland.

"When we look at settings that we have, we sit next to a world heritage site, we sit in the national park, wind turbines have always felt quite uncomfortable to the environment that we sit."

The prospect of a new wind farm off the West coast of Cumbria would be "highly controversial" according to local councillors.

Out of five potential sites around the UK, an area stretching from north west of Maryport to south west of Sellafield has been earmarked for an offshore development.

The wind farm would contribute to the government’s target for UK greenhouse gas emissions to hit net zero by 2050.

The subject was discussed at the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board Meeting on Monday (July 6).

While detailed plans have not yet been revealed and the Irish Sea site is still in the leasing process, Copeland Council nuclear and energy officer Mitchell McCombe recommended the authority should consider preparing a position statement to outline its stance.

Egremont Councillor, Sam Pollen, who sits on the Board, said: "It’s a highly controversial project to say the least. It’s vital that we get our position statement right so yes, I would absolutely agree that we need to talk about it.

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"When we look at settings that we have, we sit next to a world heritage site, we sit in the national park, wind turbines have always felt quite uncomfortable to the environment that we sit."

The prospect of a new wind farm off the West coast of Cumbria would be "highly controversial" according to local councillors.

Out of five potential sites around the UK, an area stretching from north west of Maryport to south west of Sellafield has been earmarked for an offshore development.

The wind farm would contribute to the government’s target for UK greenhouse gas emissions to hit net zero by 2050.

The subject was discussed at the Strategic Nuclear and Energy Board Meeting on Monday (July 6).

While detailed plans have not yet been revealed and the Irish Sea site is still in the leasing process, Copeland Council nuclear and energy officer Mitchell McCombe recommended the authority should consider preparing a position statement to outline its stance.

Egremont Councillor, Sam Pollen, who sits on the Board, said: "It’s a highly controversial project to say the least. It’s vital that we get our position statement right so yes, I would absolutely agree that we need to talk about it.

“There will be varying views out there in Copeland of course; many people would rather have a wind farm than a nuclear site actually."

The Crown Estate, which manages the seabed of British coastal waters, is undertaking a leasing process for sites around the UK with a view to contributing towards the Government’s energy needs from offshore wind.

Other areas identified for potential wind farms include Dogger Bank, the eastern region and the south-east.

With the world's largest offshore windfarm, the Walney Extension, already off the coast of Cumbria, Councillor David Moore said: "In Copeland, we've always found windfarms quite challenging. We're big supporters of energy and production of clean energy.

"One of the things we've never been supportive of in the past is wind energy. When we look at settings that we have, we sit next to a world heritage site, we sit in the national park, wind turbines have always felt quite uncomfortable to the environment that we sit.

"We've seen the coastline at Lancashire right up past the Furness peninsula and right up, highly visible from St Bee's Head where we've got the Dong Energy development. This comes right down to Sellafield almost obliterating the view from the Isle of Mann and also back in. We'll need to consider are position statement really clearly."

Councillor David Moore, admitted he was personally a “not a great lover” of wind energy and also warned the turbines would make those off the coast of Walney look like “babies”.

He added: “I look forward to us developing that position statement and I think it’s one that will create a lot of interest and debate in Copeland.

Millom Councillor, Felicity Wilson, stressed the importance of finding out what benefits a development could bring for the local communities and economy.

She added: “Wind farms are a little bit emotive in our area because of the beauty of it but we already have I believe the world’s biggest wind farm site off our coast.

“I’m not a great fan but time moves on, we need energy, the communities need energy and I think we’ve got to look at every available opportunity.”

 


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JUL 8 2020
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