Friday, September 01, 2006

Green Light for Ramsgate Wind Farm

The BBC reports that Thanet Council has backed the Ramsgate wind farm proposal, the world's biggest wind farm, which will provide electricity for up to 750,000 homes.

London Array's scheme will see up to 271 turbines sited 12 miles off Ramsgate, enough to meet the electricity needs of 750,000 homes.

The Danish-made turbines would be assembled at Ramsgate port where the concrete foundations would also be made creating at least 800 jobs

Chief executive of Thanet District Council, Richard Samuel, said if the project went ahead a new quay would have to be built in Ramsgate to enable boats to be loaded.

He estimated that it would cost about £10m but said there would be no impact on council tax payers.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is great.

It will create jobs for a period of time and will also mean a new quay is built free of charge that will be used for many years after the construction is completed.

No doubt you'll have the usual moaners insisting that the tiny dots 12 miles out at sea are ruining their view.

usual moaner said...

'Free of charge'? Yeh, right!

Anonymous said...

I hope this takes place ... and I hope that all parties think outside of the box when they throw their weight behind the project. I do not want to see hoards of foreign workers landing on our shore to assemble, deliver and erect the structures. I hope that the port is constructed properly with a view to using it for something else once the project is finished. Initially it will mean 800 jobs with a forecast of 4000 jobs in the area due to the knock on effect. We have a shortage of hands on Engineers capable of assembling the parts so we must create a new skills department either at Christchurch or Thanet College - who I know have always been somewhat less enthusiastic about this project. Access to the port needs to be sorted out, accomodation for the necessary influx of workers needs to be found, and they will need to furnish, feed and clothe themselves. There are immense opportunities for the training, retail and leisure industries. Just another thought - and slightly off topic - What is Thanet doing to promote itself as an alternative to staying in London for the London Olympics? By that time we will have a fast rail link to the city and you can be sure that the cost of a holiday in GB during that time - in London - will be astronomical. Thanet will be a wonderful alternative - but then again local organisations seem luke warm about the prospects. These two events - the Wind farm and the Olympics - could really put Thanet on the map - I just hope that we dont go at it in a half assed way ..... !

Anonymous said...

Wind farm will do well considering the ammount of hot air generated in Thanet! As regards the Olympics, I thought that most of the Croatian and Eastern European teams were already in Thanet!

James Maskell said...

3:33pm, see the Gazette...

Anonymous said...

James, an unusually cryptic comment. I haven't seen the real gazunder yet, so what point are you making here?

Anonymous said...

There is a lot going on in Thanet at present and the council seem to be putting their weight into sorting problems out too. No doubt in areas they can do better but that is true of anywhere and anything. The important thing is the results and knock on effect of public support will motivate people and let's face facts, council officials are people and like a pat on the back as much as the next man or woman. I think TDC are turning a corner with a professional agenda and a genuine interest from the public and big business not seen for a long time.

James Maskell said...

It was unintentional crypticness (if theres such a word?)...

I was refering to the frontpage article about the proposed leisure complex on Jackey Bakers which would have an Olympic standard swimming pool and other facilities. I of course have concerns about where the traffic would come to and from (it would have to be from the West only because to the other side is the Marlowe Academy and Dame Janets) but that was what I was meaning...the Olympic and leisure reference.