Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Written Evidence


Written Evidence from Peter and Carol Roberts

THE SO CALLED "RHYL" FLATS OFFSHORE WIND FARM OBJECTION

  The reason why we are writing is to make this representation is because of a misrepresentations that gives the impression that "Rhyl Flats" Offshore Wind Farm project is off North Wales Coastal Town of Rhyl which is 20 miles east of Llandudno, Rhos-onSea and Colwyn Bay where we live. In fact these turbines shown on N.power map now shows these 30 x 500ft high offshore wind turbines on the marine area called "Constable Bank" which is located in front of the Bay of Colwyn directly in front of where we live some distance from the marine area called "Rhyl Flats".

  Either the location has moved since the first application in 2000 by Celtic Offshore Wind Limited (COWL) or the proposed site given the name "Rhyl Flats" to mislead the general public and the DTI !

  COWL claim in their Environmental Impact Audit (EIA) that there will be no impact on tourism and that the industrialised landscape which will result from their endeavours will attract tourists. This is a misleading statement as hundreds and thousands of tourists visit our year each year for its beauty

  The North Wales Coastline has already 30 x 300ft high offshore wind turbines call "North Hoyle" located off the coast of Prestatyn, some 5miles off Prestatyn Town and are 14 miles off our heritage coastline of Llandudno, Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay and they currently intrude upon our bay on clear days, worse still the proposed above development in its moved position at "Constable Bank" will have turbines 50% higher (500 feet and higher than Blackpool Tower) than the North Hoyle and will be only 4.5 miles off the Colwyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea shore line, this movement from "Rhyl Flats" to "Constable Bank" is totally unacceptable and we demand a public enquiry on this matter. The well-established residential areas of Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay and Tourists town of Llandudno will be adversely affected by this development—one (1) Blackpool Tower maybe acceptable, but certainly not thirty (30).

  The risk assessment also covers sea life and to some extent bird life, however their assessment does not cover the visual and tourist impact in any great detail by Npower. Another disturbing thing in their risk assessment is their avoidance of any in depth analysis of the possible impact of massive and unprecedented engineering works on and around a natural marine sandbank, namely the "Constable Bank", this feature provides a natural wave break when the sea is stormy. It is part of our natural flood defences and the project will spoil our town and its breathtaking and unique sea and mountain setting.

  We look forward in you re-examining of the COWL/Npower submission and its misrepresentation within and request you either cancel this granted permission or relocate not to spoil our beautiful landscape.

GWYNT Y MOR OFFSHORE WIND FARM OBJECTION

  The claim by N.power that there will be no impact on tourism and that the "industrialised landscape" which will result from their endeavours will attract tourists. This is a misleading statement as hundreds and thousands of our visitors visit this beautiful area every year.

  The North Wales coastline in question is the largest tourist area and Llandudno in particular is unique among the Victorian seaside resorts. It has survived largely intact because Mostyn Estates has been able to protect the original vision of the Victorian architects and engineers who have bequeathed us this wonderful town with its wide streets and elegant buildings. The Victorian crescent on the promenade has survived virtually in tact and unblemished by the usual planning disasters which have defiled other seaside towns. That is why people come here and accounts for 18% of all bed space sold in Wales are sold here. Tourism supports a prosperous local economy that ripples out into Wales. This tourist industry provides jobs and work for a multitude of small businesses, which exist to serve the local tourist industry, where as the 150 extra local jobs quoted in N.power fact sheets maybe only for the construction period, where as many thousands of tourist support a larger local workforce on a continues bases. The placing of these offshore wind factories in our bay will threaten and put at risk the local tourist industry.

  The North Wales Coastline has already 30 x 300ft high offshore wind turbines call "North Hoyle" located off the coast of Prestatyn, some 5miles off Prestatyn Town and are 14 miles off our heritage coastline of Llandudno, Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay, also the proposed so called "Rhyl Flats" development now trying to re-located at "Constable Bank" (subjest to a separate letter) will have 30 turbines 50% higher (500 feet and higher than Blackpool Tower) only 4.5 miles offshore. Now N.Power proposes a further 200 wind turbines some 7 miles offshore called Gynt y Mor. The well-established residential areas of Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay and Tourists town of Llandudno will be adversely affected by this and other developments—Note: one (1) Blackpool Tower maybe acceptable, but not two hundred and thirty (230).

  The risk assessment covers sea life and to some extent bird life, however their assessment does not cover the visual and tourist impact in any great detail by Npower.

  We request you reject N.power submission and its misrepresentation within so as not to spoil our Beautiful North Wales landscape and our valuable Tourist Industry which provides job for so many.

1 December 2005





 
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