This figure is the minimum the council would expect the wind company to pay over time. This would be to make up for the loss that the Bournemouth tourism economy will suffer, according to Counsellor Mike Greene.
If Navitus Bay is given the green light, Bournemouth Borough Council estimated that the wind farm build could cost the town’s economy £100 million. It could also cause the loss of 2,000 jobs in the town.
What will this mean for Bournemouth’s tourism?
Bournemouth Borough Counsellor Mike Greene explains the impact that Navitus Bay could have on Bournemouth’s tourism economy.
‘‘The council did two surveys, the large one revealed 32% of visitors to Bournemouth said they would look at somewhere else to go during the four years that it takes to construct the windfarm. In the smaller one, 20% said they wouldn’t come’’.
Tourism is a £501 million annual business in Bournemouth and using the smaller figure of 20%, the council would be looking at an annual tourism income loss of £100 million during the construction phase of the wind farm.
Mike Greene added that he hopes the council will not get to the stage of seeking compensation.
Ultimately what we want is for the wind farm not to go ahead but if it does then we think that is what the loss will be.’’
What are the negative effects of Navitus Bay for Bournemouth?
Opposition to the council’s decisions
Despite opposing the council’s decision to seek compensation, Angela told Buzz that if they do seek the £2.5 billion it should be spent wisely.
”I would like to think that they’d invest it in developing other employment opportunities for local people and in renewables as well.’’
What’s your view on Navitus Bay and the council seeking compensation?
Navitus Bay respond to the council
According to the wind farm’s website, the project could generate ‘enough clean, sustainable energy to power up to 700,00 homes’ if given the go ahead.
Mike Unsworth, Navitus Bay Project Director, said he welcomes Bournemouth Council’s view on the proposed plans but says they do not recognise that the wind farm will cost the tourism industry £100 million per year.
“The council have based this figure on one statistic from our tourism survey, but it is misleading to view this data in isolation and to then extrapolate in this way. Indeed, overall, the tourism survey found that the wind park will not have a significantly adverse impact on tourism.’’
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FAQ on Navitus Bay