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Tourist Business hit by wind farms?

Navitus Bay Wind Park, a 50-50 Joint Venture between Eneco Wind UK Ltd (Eneco) and EDF Energy Renewables, has recently conducted a survey to assess the impact of a proposed windfarm off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, to the west of the Isle of Wight. What is particularly notable about this survey is that a wind farm developer is having to admit that their developments are seen as detrimental to local businesses:

  1. 14% of visitors say the loss of view (if the turbines are built) would prevent them from returning. They said concerns about noise and the industrialisation of the seascape would also influence their decision to stay away.
  2. 46% of tourist businesses felt they would be adversely affected by the development.

Berwick’s tourist trade under threat.

Throughout August and September 2012 MBAG (Middleton Burn Action Group) conducted a survey of visitors to Belford to assess the possible effect on tourism of proposed wind turbines developments.

Following the construction of 28 turbines at the Middlemoor and Wandylaw sites this year, it was decided to conduct the same survey over the main holiday period of July and August this year.

  1. 79.6% of respondents said they would be less likely to visit in the future, an increase of 15.6% on last year.
  2. 89.7% believe that the wind farm would make north Northumberland “very spoilt”. An increase of some 5% in the last year.
  3. 76.9 % of those asked said they would visit the area “much less often” were the planned turbines erected.