May 11, 2006
wind farm protesters hit back in row over impact on tourism
row has broken out between protesters fighting a proposed wind
farm at Burnham-On-Sea and the developers over the impact it would
have on the local tourism industry.
to Windfarm, the action group set up to oppose the proposed development
of five wind turbines on land on the outskirts of the town, earlier
this week raised the issue
of the farm being "a risk" to the local tourist industry.
response, Dale Vince of Ecotricity told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
Knoll group claim surveys around the world back them up, they
cite just two from the UK, the first one is not about actual tourists'
views or responses and the second one is so selectively reported
on as to be distorted beyond recognition. Knoll should truly be
ashamed of themselves."
on Thursday (May 11th), KNOll to Windfarm hit back when spokesman
Andrew Manning said: "We are intrigued that Mr Vince should
use such emotive language - we wonder whether we have got him
note in the planning application from Mr Vince's organisation
that the importance of tourism to the local economy is stressed,
which reflects our point."
is probably why he is so worried about our argument. Mr Vince's
company then also cites just two surveys to support his view that
tourism would not be affected. One is the survey that we also
referred to, the other carried out at Brean."
would point out that, without even having seen the methodology
of the survey or the questions asked, no statistician would believe
that a survey of just 331 visitors to Brean would claim that this
is a representative sample. The survey quoted from Scotland involved
even fewer people, and its methodology has been widely discredited."
even if it is possible to put scepticism to one side, the surveys
quoted support our position, not Mr. Vince's; it is not the percentage
of people who say they might still come to the area that is important,
it is the percentage that won't that is key."
Brean survey that is quoted in the Ecotricity submission indicates
that 3.6% of tourists would visit less often. Such falls in tourist
numbers and associated revenue would put the profits of local
businesses at serious risk."
BOSS HITS BACK...
Dale Vince hit back at the comments, saying: "This adds nothing
to the debate and takes nothing from the mistakes and omissions
in Knoll's previous statement. Knoll need to come up with evidence
to back their claims, there's no merit in continuing to make assertions
and allegations without any supporting evidence."
we're on the subject of opinion polls it might be relevent to
ask Knoll how many members they have. And it may be worth reminding
Knoll that when they first began, they said they wanted to come
and meet us to discuss how wind energy is forecast and other issues
- we offered to meet them anytime, but they've not even made contact
- you have to wonder how serious Knoll are or whether it was just
a posture for the press."
Ecotricity's planning application is currently with Sedgemoor
District Council and is due to be considered by members of its
planning committee later in the summer.
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