Mixed views on major off shore wind farm

A wide range of views were expressed over a proposed multi-billion pound wind farm off the north Norfolk coast yesterday when plans for the scheme were displayed in public for the first time.

RWE npower held an exhibition on the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm at The Maltings in Wells.

Some people were positive about the potential opportunities for local businesses and the way in which the wind farm could provide clean energy.

Others were concerned about the negative impact that it could have on the north Norfolk fishing industry and the lack of information about where the on-shore base would be located.

The Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm has been proposed to be 28 miles north of Wells and 20 miles east of the Lincolnshire coast.

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It could have up to 333 turbines and RWE npower claims it would produce enough clean energy for the needs of around 850,000 homes.

County councillor for Wells, Dr Marie Strong said: 'Until we know where they would operate from on land we will have no idea on how much impact it will have on the people of Norfolk.'

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Jacob Hain, Triton Knoll project manager, said he expected to know in the autumn where the proposed onshore base would be, following consultations with National Grid.

Tony Faulkner, 74, from Blakeney said: 'I know fishermen are very worried about this, and I've seen nothing in this exhibition that deals with this.

'I'm not sure how reliable wind farms are. I would have thought that tidal energy would be more reliable.'

Leo Hambro, commercial director of the Dersingham-based Tidal Transit, which provides transport services to industries in the North Sea, said: 'We are very enthusiastic about this and I'm sure other Norfolk businesses will be as well. This is a massive project. Businesses here can help provide the infrastructure that will be required and this will create jobs.'

Graham Barker, from Wells, said: 'This is a great opportunity. Businesses need the work out here and people need the jobs.'

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