Call for public feedback on wind farm proposals

NEARLY 300 people have viewed plans for a wind farm off the Porthcawl coastline.

A total of 294 people attended six public exhibitions, one of which was held in Porthcawl, to study a blueprint for the Atlantic Array project.

Visitors were shown the results of environmental assessment surveys and shown changes in plans, which followed consultation held last year.

Robert Thornhill, development manager for the Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm, said: “The aim of the consultation is to give local people and other stakeholders the opportunity to see the changes we made to our plans and give them the chance to provide feedback on them.


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“We were very pleased by the numbers of people who said they appreciated us taking the time to come to South Wales to talk to them and, by answering queries, we were able to put quite a few people’s minds at rest.”

As well as an exhibition on the Esplanade in Porthcawl last Wednesday, events were held in and around Swansea, Port Talbot and Pembroke Dock.

The project has attracted opposition from residents and environmental campaigners.

Suzy Davies, Conservative AM for South Wales West, urged the public in the borough to make their views known before it was too late.

“I know that there was considerable opposition in Porthcawl to the previous offshore application at Scarweather Sands,” she said.

“Obviously many people would object to this much larger scheme, even though it is further away from Porthcawl.

“However, I would like to have a range of views before I make my observations to the developers by the end of August.

“There are many considerations that have to be weighed up.

“If a South Wales port like Swansea or Port Talbot were to be designated as the main port for the development, then there could be an important boost to jobs and spin off for local businesses.”

Mrs Davies can be contacted by writing to Ty Hywel, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff CF99 1NA, or by emailing suzy.davies @wales.gov.uk

She is urging people to submit their views to the developers by August 31 by e-mailing atlanticarray@npower-renewables.com

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/bridgend-maesteg/2012/08/09/call-for-public-feedback-on-wind-farm-proposals-91466-31579240/