Council chiefs have agreed to sign up to a regional alliance to ensure north Norfolk does not miss out on investment from the growing number of offshore wind farms and renewable energy schemes.

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For a one-off contribution of £20,000 North Norfolk District Council is now joining the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance, a public/private coalition of councils and business groups which aims to promote investment in both counties stemming from energy firms and future developments.

The authority will join Norfolk and Suffolk County, Waveney District and Great Yarmouth Borough Council in the alliance, which was established last spring, after voting to sign up to the group at yesterday’s cabinet meeting.

Tom FitzPatrick, cabinet member for economic development, put forward the case for joining the group - in part to ensure north Norfolk does not become the “poor relation” to Yarmouth and Waveney - and will now represent the district on its board.

He added: “It’s very, very important that we don’t lose out on what’s happening on our coast. This represents an exciting opportunity for the council to work with partners to make sure we’re fully involved with attracting jobs and investment from this area.”

Members also voted to help develop the locally driven North Norfolk Renewables Partnership, with Wells harbour commissioners and the Holkham and Walsingham estates, in a bid to further promote the district to energy firms and businesses related to the sector.

15 comments

  • Will North Norfolk council also make sure that villages in Mid Norfolk don't suffer the ugly intrusive aspects of wind farms, the substations and connections to the grid-and that future windfarms will use the same cabling route as the present so more landowners and property owners are not inconvenienced?

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • MP's and all civil service pensions are buried in hedge funds for the old fashioned wind thingys...nuff said why the push for such inefficient and cosilty forms of energy production......Green scamsters!!!

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    nrg

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Did nrg object to the 50k or hard prerssed taxpayers cash going to the armed forces?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • Significant last paragraph here: "Members also voted to help develop the locally driven North Norfolk Renewables Partnership, with Wells harbour commissioners and the Holkham and Walsingham estates, in a bid to further promote the district to energy firms and businesses related to the sector" Watch out for incinerators slipping in here!

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    Sandy.L

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Well thats £20,000 wasted by NNDC.

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    Hugh

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Off shore wind farms are all very well but the cost of constructing and maintaining them has to be far greater than if they were on shore. As does the energy used -boats dont run on thin air

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • stick to one story at a time ingo, makes life far easier old bean.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • oh no WE mustn't miss out on this rubbish scheme.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • Be interesting to see figures for local people currently in full time employment in the industry. A google does not clearly reveal the main construction or cable lay contractors for Dudgeon-are the contractors' employees brought in to do the jobs as is usual offshore or hired locally? Will the permanent jobs be rather fewer and not so much to get excited about? Happy to be informed!

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • One small detail has been missed,wind farms don't actually work! But because this is a futile and pointless project,you can guarantee public money will be thrown at it! Note the ease with which councils dispose of taxpayers money,after all it's a worthwhile cause that we all voted for!.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • Daisy. The cost of offshore is much higher, you are correct. BUT.! There is NO POINT in building them onshore for the following reasons:- Not windy enough onshore, Offshore ones are much larger, and can be, Offshore ones can be built in farms of tens, or hundreds even, no possibility of that onshore as long as I am still breathing! Nimbyism may be quoted by the less well informed, whether you like them or don't, they DON'T work to any useful extent onshore

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    windup

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • 20k of the hard pressed taxpayer cash, to join another scamsters club....bankers and councils, worrying times!!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • Harry is partly right. They do work to some extent, but only if placed offshore. Offshore is more windy and the turbines can be much larger than onshore. If installed in large numbers in offshore farms then it's still not great. Single or small multiples onshore is a total waste of time and money. Then Harry is right.....they DONT work onshore. Incidentally I flew from Norwich to Aberdeen the other day, must have flown over thousands of them. They all had one thing in common though........NONE were turning! Over 400 miles, none turning! On or off shore!

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    windup

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • Good move from NNDC regarding renewables for a change. No doubt the NIMBY committee will have other ideas whenever an application goes to planning.

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    Callum Ringer

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • My mate skippers a barge in this industry and he reckons the waste is something unbelievable, but then it's only taxpayers money isn't it?

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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