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Gower tourism businesses divided over revised Atlantic Array wind farm plans

Asked if he thought a slightly smaller Atlantic Array would put off visitors, Rob Grove, the owner of Carreglwyd Caravan and Camping Site, Port Eynon, said: "Absolutely not. "I don't think it's going to make a jot of difference.

Gower tourism businesses appear divided over revised plans to build a vast offshore wind farm between the peninsula and North Devon.

Developer RWE npower renewables announced this week that it would apply for consent for the project - Atlantic Array - in June.

Its new plans are for a maximum of 240 turbines, 38 fewer than previously. The site area has also shrunk to 200sq km, although it has moved away from Devon and Lundy Island and marginally towards Gower, with the nearest turbine 14.5 miles from Worm's Head.

Asked if he thought a slightly smaller Atlantic Array would put off visitors, Rob Grove, the owner of Carreglwyd Caravan and Camping Site, Port Eynon, said: "Absolutely not.

"I don't think it's going to make a jot of difference.

"If it's in the distance it's going to have a minimal impact compared to the good it's going to do in the long run."

David Rogers, the owner of Kennexstone Camping and Touring Park, Llangennith, said: "Some people will be put off because of it (the wind farm), but others will think it's a good thing."

Roger Button, the owner of Pitton Cross Caravan and Camping, Rhossili, said: "I... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Gower tourism businesses appear divided over revised plans to build a vast offshore wind farm between the peninsula and North Devon.

Developer RWE npower renewables announced this week that it would apply for consent for the project - Atlantic Array - in June.

Its new plans are for a maximum of 240 turbines, 38 fewer than previously. The site area has also shrunk to 200sq km, although it has moved away from Devon and Lundy Island and marginally towards Gower, with the nearest turbine 14.5 miles from Worm's Head.

Asked if he thought a slightly smaller Atlantic Array would put off visitors, Rob Grove, the owner of Carreglwyd Caravan and Camping Site, Port Eynon, said: "Absolutely not.

"I don't think it's going to make a jot of difference.

"If it's in the distance it's going to have a minimal impact compared to the good it's going to do in the long run."

David Rogers, the owner of Kennexstone Camping and Touring Park, Llangennith, said: "Some people will be put off because of it (the wind farm), but others will think it's a good thing."

Roger Button, the owner of Pitton Cross Caravan and Camping, Rhossili, said: "I don't think people will be put off coming here, but I question the logic of putting a wind farm in such an iconic area.

"If they put it another 10 miles out to sea, I don't think people would be so against it."

He added: "I am not happy about it, but I know we have got to get our power from somewhere."

Julian Short, the owner of the Worm's Head Hotel, Rhossili, shuddered at the amount of maintenance he felt RWE would need to carry out in such a corrosive, marine environment.

He added: "The (planned) turbines are far off the coast, but we have got four rooms overlooking Lundy. They will spoil the views."

Tom Beynon, joint owner of Three Cliffs Holiday Park, said: "I don't think Atlantic Array will have a positive or negative effect. We need more energy. It's about trying to do it with as little visual impact as possible."

Port Eynon Community Council chairman, Robert Fisher, said he believed the majority of people in Gower opposed Atlantic Array on visual impact grounds, and felt that the renewable energy sector and associated subsidies should focus on a Severn barrage.

"There would be more jobs, and power four times a day with the barrage," he said.


Source: http://www.thisissouthwales...

MAR 24 2013
https://www.windaction.org/posts/36654-gower-tourism-businesses-divided-over-revised-atlantic-array-wind-farm-plans
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