THE fate of a controversial proposal to build the world’s biggest offshore wind farm at Triton Knoll, 20 miles off Mablethorpe’s coast, could be decided during consultations over the next seven weeks.
RWE Npower Renewables has announced a series of dates where locals will be given the chance to air their views on the £4 billion project.
Initial plans for the 333 turbine site were put on hold earlier this year after fierce resistance against the planned network of pylons needed to bring the power inland. Many local figures were worried about damage to our landscape and tourism income, with others keen to see jobs created in difficult economic times.
Latest proposals have suggested Immingham could now carry the power inland, thanks to its already extensive pylon set-up. 850,000 homes could be powered by the 1,200 MW wind farm, nearly four times as much as provided by the next biggest site, in Kent.
Local residents will be able to meet RWE officials to discuss the plans, and project manager Jacob Hain is keen to see as good a turnout in order to guage local feeling. He said: “We want as many people as possible to take this opportunity to give us their views and understand more about this exciting development. This is the stage where feedback can most help us improve the proposals. We look forward to meeting local people in the coming weeks and we will be reviewing all the feedback received once the consultation ends on the 12th July.”
Our nearest consultation will take place at the Mablethorpe Library and Community Access Centre on Thursday, June 23 between 2pm and 7pm.
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