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Major travel link concerns expressed at wind farm hearing  

Credit:  by Manx Radio | www.isleofman.com ~~

A team of inspectors are returning to the UK, with plenty to consider after a public hearing about a proposed wind farm extension.
Yesterday, the three-strong team heard evidence about the Walney Wind Farm extension planned by Dong Energy.
The plans would see more turbines – 200 metres tall, dwarfing Blackpoool Tower – in the Irish Sea to the Northeast of the Isle of Man.
Yesterday, representatives from the airport expressed concerns about possible interference with radar, while the Steam Packet Company said a proliferation of wind turbines could be bad news for passengers.
Yesterday, the Steam Packet Company was joined by Stena Line, telling the hearing if Walney and another wind farm went ahead, ferries would be left two lanes just over four miles wide to navigate between the Island and the UK.
Jane Dellar from the Island’s Chamber of Commerce added with literally no room for manoeuvre in bad weather, there’d be catastrophic consequences for local businesses who rely on ferry imports and exports.
And John Pennington of passenger watchdog Travelwatch claimed developer Dong had misled people about how tall the turbines would be.
The inspectors will now consider the evidence before making a recommendation to UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey MP.

Source:  by Manx Radio | www.isleofman.com

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