Seaford residents’ views sought on wind farm plans

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THE SEAFORD community is being asked its views on proposals for a wind farm off the Sussex coast, which could generate electricity for homes in the town.

Consultation is getting underway and residents in the county and people in Seaford have the chance to express their views on Monday, March 12.

E.ON has unveiled the draft plans for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm and there will be a series of exhibitions as the development enters its formal community consultation phase.

The proposed offshore wind farm would be located 13km off the Sussex coast at its nearest point and it could feature between 100 and 195 turbines depending on the model used. The site could generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 450,000 homes, which is more than two-thirds of the homes in the whole of Sussex, including the city of Brighton and Hove.

Chris Tomlinson, E.ON development manager for the project, said, “We’re delighted to be able to present our draft proposals for the Rampion project. I’ve been really encouraged by the response we’ve had to the development so far and I’m excited to now be able to discuss the project in more detail with the local community and hear their views.

“With a population of over 1.5million, Sussex has a huge demand for electricity and the Rampion wind farm offers a unique opportunity for us to make a valuable contribution to securing our electricity supplies for the future.”

The community consultation period for the project runs until Sunday, May 6. Seaford residents can find out more on March 12 between midday and 8pm at The Clinton Centre in Clinton Place. There will be other meetings held in other towns including Newhaven, Peacehaven, Worthing and Lancing.

In spring, E.ON will be installing a meteorological mast on the site to measure wind speeds, wave heights, sea currents and other offshore environmental data.

The community can have their say on the plans by completing and returning a consultation questionnaire; at one of the public exhibitions, online at eon-uk.com/rampion or by post to FREEPOST RAMPION OFFSHORE WIND FARM.

The Rampion team can be emailed at Rampion@eon.com or call the consultation line on 01273 694876.