The Crown Estate has announced nine sites for offshore wind farms including one visible from Bournemouth clifftop and Swanage.
There has been little comment over the past few months and yesterday’s news was greeted warmly by Bournemouth Council and Friends of the Earth.
However, the picture in tonight’s Bournemouth Daily Echo of the turbines massed behind Old Harry Rocks must start a debate about the future of the view from the Bournemouth Coast Path. Henry James loved the view although he disliked the ‘new’ buildings in the town.
The plan is like placing a wind farm in the Bay of Naples. We might be obliged to do so in the end but we should tthink carefully first and not just rush to welcome the employment prospects.
I wonder if those who slept out overnight this week to get a beach hut on Avon Beach know that the view might change by 2016.