Councillor David Green would like to encourage public discussion of The Thanet Offshore Wind (Thanet) project to be located 11.3km offshore from Foreness Point, the eastern most part of the Kent coastline. He writes, “Between 60 and 100 wind turbines would make up the wind farm, depending upon the size of turbine chosen and based on a maximum output of 300mW. This is enough to provide electricity for 240,000 average homes, which will account for a significant proportion of the energy needs of East Kent.”
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David continues: “I want to regard the proposed wind farm as a positive development especially if Port Ramsgate gets the maintenance work and even better if it gets some of the installation work. I think we need to be a little sanguine about the scale of any economic impact in terms of jobs created and so judge how much disruption and investment is justified at the Port accordingly. I understand that most of the maintenance is done "on site".
If the cable comes ashore in Pegwell then I think that is probably manageable - but we'd need a close look at the detailed plans and their mitigation measures. If there was no "gain" such as them paying substantially towards clearing up the Hoverport site then I would be reluctant to support. Remember that the whole of the Hoverport concrete area is built on waste coal shale including the road down to it. It all needs to be removed if the pollution risk is to be removed.
In terms of environmental impact, obviously measures will be needed to control the spread of pollution whilst the shale is removed.
A lot depends on the depth of the cable (reported above as being 1 to 3 m). If it laid in the mud then there may be little impact, but if it needs to go deeper then it is much more of a problem in terms of disturbing fresh water aquifers and the chalk itself which is fluid in nature. There must be people that know far more about the dynamics of the bay than me.
If they are to come ashore at Pegwell and take up the Hoverport - then obviously it will need co-coordinating with the 'Landings' project. We don't want them returning the site to nature and then Landings coming along and proposing its redeveloped!”