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Old 11 February 2004, 09:36   #1
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Wind Farms

Has anyone looked at the Crown Estates Website and seen how many windfarms are being built? (Link at the bottom) I'm all for renewable energy, but that DTI exclusion zone looks a bit drastic.

Anyone know what that actually means?

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P.S. I notice that there aren't any on the South Coast......!!

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Old 11 February 2004, 09:40   #2
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Flippin' 'eck...

The link won't work properly. If you go to the home page, there is a banner which says

"New Sites for Proposed Windfarms Announced"

Click on it and it takes you to a page where you can look at maps of the North West, Wash, and Thames areas to see where they will go.

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Re: Wind Farms

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P.S. I notice that there aren't any on the South Coast......!!
I believe they are planning to build a wind farm off Portland. The sailing club bidding for the olymics was complaining about the idea.
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P.S. I notice that there aren't any on the South Coast......!!
Lunchtime news today had a piece on proposed wind farm on sea wall at Portland Harbour.

Would totaly screw up one of the best international sailing sites in the UK.
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They are indeed planning on building some in Portland. The exclusion zones cover some of the most popular dive sites there.
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Exclusion Zones

But what do the Exclusion zones actually mean? The 'DTI Exclusion Zone' appears to go from the Coast to the 12 mile (km?) limit. I can't be an exclusion for shipping - 'cos Liverpool, Fleetwood and Preston docks would have to shut down - but I can't find what it DOES mean.

Anyone know?

Otherwise I'm going to be stuck up the River Ribble, albeit with a paddle AND an engine!!

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Hi folks

Dylan

Where is the exclusion zone ?.

The map I am looking at http://www.crownestate.co.uk/estates...s/a4plannw.pdf
apears not to show any.

The only thing at 12 miles us the UK waters limit.

Am I looking in wrong place ?.

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That's really weird.

When I looked earlier, there was a big fat grey striped area from the NW coast out to the shore-most edge of the red marked wind farms. It ran all the way from Morecambe Bay down past Fleetwood (the straight line you can see going through Morecambe Bay was one edge of it) and along the coast.

Maybe I was hallucinating - but if there is no exclusion zone, why have it on the key to the map? It's gone off the other maps too - maybe it's something to do with the PC at work I was using. Oh well.

Or, it could just be the power of RIBnet............
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It was still there when I looked a minute ago - clicked on the link to the UK map.

Very interesting site, BTW - thanks.
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Its a bugger as Portland Harbour Authority seems determined to wipe out diving in the harbour. They have banned diving on the Hood, and if this goes ahead all the dive sites inside the harbour will also be out of action as they are too close to the site of the turbines (or whatever they are called).

Its a shame as diving has provided locals with a sustained income over the past years.

There was a big action via MPs over this last year and it seemed to go away, but its not back on the agenda.

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