Triton Knoll draws the crowds

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CONSULTATION on the controversial Triton Knoll wind farm came to a close yesterday after more than 400 people attended public exhibitions at potentially affected sites.

RWE npower renewables held a series of events including an exhibition at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness, to inform the public about its plans to build 333 turbines off the Lincolnshire Coast.

Although the Standard has received some negative comments regarding the consultation and the proposal as a whole, RWE were pleased with the feedback it received.

Project manager Jacob Hain said: “We were very happy to find that the public were extremely supportive of our plans for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm during our public exhibitions in Lincolnshire, North Norfolk and East Riding of Yorkshire. Approximately 82 per cent of the public who filled in a feedback form said they were in support of the offshore wind farm. Many visitors to the events said that they were pleased to see that the visual impact of the turbines was minimal and that it would be hard to see even the largest turbines from the shore.”

Despite the positive feedback from some sections of the community, others have criticised the energy firm’s decision to separate its application into two parts and not to consider the large inland substation that could yet be built at a site in East Lindsey together with the offshore plans.

Previous consultations to select and appropriate site for the substation were met overwhelming public opposition.