UKIP have today criticised Bournemouth Borough Council for being, “unrealistic” and branded their figures, “far too high” in relation to Navitus Bay. Bournemouth Borough Council has predicted losses of £100 million every year through tourism and will look for £2.5 billion compensation should the plans of the largest infrastructural project ever to hit this part of Dorset go ahead.
Although UKIP are against the £3 billion wind farm, the candidate in the upcoming General election for Bournemouth West, Martin Houlden, said, “I simply don’t believe many holiday makers include ‘view of wind turbines’ in the criteria when selecting a holiday destination.
Navitus Bay simply doesn’t deliver on its primary purpose…”
He argued, “Navitus Bay doesn’t deliver on its primary purpose- to supply good, reliable electricity to the grid, cheaply and in a clean manner. We object to Navitus on the economics, not the aesthetics.”
Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, Conor Burns, said, “I would like to know on what basis he discounts the Council’s figures. I suspect on no basis of fact whatsoever.”
Mr Burns also opposes the scheme but for the loss of tourism and environmental impact on the area. Navitus Bay Development Limited’s findings concluded that one third of summer visitors would not return during the proposed wind farm’s construction and 14 per cent would never return.
Mr Burns said, “My prime objective is to protect the interests of Bournemouth, my constituents who live and work in Bournemouth West and the visitors to the town on whom our vital tourism economy relies.”
However Mr Houlden, who is hoping to beat the Conservative Party in Bournemouth West for the first time in May, said, “I would suggest that any localised pontificating by current MPs is only for show, to placate their traditional grassroots supporters.”
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