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Fishermen fear windfarm

PUBLISHED: 07:17 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

RICHARD BATSON

Green-energy bosses are in talks with fisher-men over the impact of a proposed windfarm off Sheringham.

Green-energy bosses are in talks with fisher-men over the impact of a proposed windfarm off Sheringham.

Fishermen have said they would object to the scheme at Sheringham Shoal because of the damage to local grounds and the cumulative impact of other planned windfarms in the Greater Wash area.

Officials at the project backers Scira say studies show there would be no major long-term harm to fishing in the Greater Wash, but a handful of local boats could be affected.

Fishery liaison officer Richard Norman said: "Half a dozen fishermen could be affected, but we are in talks with them.

"We have been working with them closely all along, and I have even been to sea for 30 days," he added.

Members of the public have a chance to find out more about the scheme this week at a series of briefing sessions, which began at Sheringham's Burlington Hotel yesterday.

The scheme involves between 45 and 108 turbines which would be 172m tall, and

located 17-23km offshore - providing renewable energy for 178,000 homes - almost twice the power needed to supply the north Norfolk coast.

Scira spokesman Kerry-Leigh Bradfield said some people were concerned about how visible the turbines would be from the shoreline.

But they were comforted to learn that "on a clear day they might look like a line of matchsticks on the horizon", she said.

There were similar assurances about the effect on birdlife - and the scheme would have no long-term adverse effect on the environment or community in general, she added.

Further sessions are being held at Cromer's Cliftonville Hotel today (11am- 5pm) and Wells Maltings tomorrow (10am-2pm)

Copies of the environmental impact report can be found at libraries and town council offices or at www.scira.co.uk


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