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Sussex Wind-Farm: Consultation should be independent
Date 03/04/2012 16:27  Author webmaster  Hits 2322  Language Global
By Marta Andreasen MEP

On Tuesday I was in Sussex, hosting a public meeting but also visiting the Henfield exhibition being put on by E-on  in relation to the planned offshore wind-farm off the East Sussex coast.

The energy company wants to construct up to 195 turbines between 8 and 15 miles out to sea.

Local residents are quite rightly concerned about the impact that the wind farm could have on their views but also the knock-on effects on tourism and the local economy generally.

I took the opportunity to talk about my concerns with the local BBC Network in Sussex. I explained to them that I had received numerous emails expressing their worries about the project and advanced my view that this would require a referendum to be run by the local council.

To my mind it is not correct or appropriate for E-on to be conducting their own consultation, which is the impression they gave to me. They have a vested interest after all, having been granted rights on a significant portion of the sea bed by the Crown Estate. Naturally they will do all in their power to see this project go ahead to recoup and profit on their investment.

As such, I believe that an independent consultation conducted by an independent body with no link or interest to the project should be the only way forward.