STAKEHOLDER REPONSE LETTER
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I have read the proposals and cannot agree to this farm being situated near to my local surf spot it will have detrimental effects on the wave heights on shore. I find it difficult to understand why a position such as ours should be considered in the first place. We are geographically miles away from the more prominent surf spots and I cannot take time off from work and drive the 600 mile round trip to Cornwall regularly as I do not want to a) increase air pollution by driving b) cannot afford the fuel prices. A little wave at Brighton has an amazing affect on it’s local users (all watercraft) nothing is better than getting a good session at the local spot with friends. I feel strongly that the introduction of such a farm will indeed have long term detrimental effects on all the local users, visitors and local business not to mention the effects of pollution following an on mass migration of surfers heading west in convoy.
Read the article in the Argus today. 8 Aug 12 Bit sensational stuff from SAS Director Hugh Tagholm regards the size of the propossed windturbines. They do not run from Newhaven to Worthing. Maybe that was the reporters stats.
SAS Need to keep to the right facts to get support
I am supportive of surfers needs, but they need to join with other water users for a joined up and measured approach
Modern progress and fossil fuel costs/resource means we do need alternate power
Thanks for your comments. SAS is taking a very measured approach on this one and basing our approach in the facts presented in the draft Environmental Statement, where the developers identify a potential reduction in wave height of over 20%. Please do also take a look at the SAS reports relating to offshore developments. We work with a large cross-section of the UK water sports community and as you’ll see there is plenty of impact mitigation suggested for other activities such as diving. SAS is currently confirming a date to meet with developers to discuss options. SAS believes in a win-win situation, minimising impacts on important surfing resources and ensuring the development can be installed as quickly as possible.
Just for the record, SAS have NOT reported that the turbines run from Newhaven to Worthing. We are keeping to the facts provided to us in the draft Environmental Statement.
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