A Suggested Email

TO YOUR MP – – – – TO YOUR COUNCILLOR
A SUGGESTED EMAIL TO YOUR COUNCILLOR:

Dear Councillor ,

I have heard about the very significant extension being proposed to the Rampion wind farm.

I strongly oppose such an extension and would like to have your support in opposing this. Your Council officers are currently involved in the pre-application consultation process with the developer. Please ensure that they take into account the strong local opposition to this on the grounds of visibility from the coast.

The proposed turbines seem very large – taller than the Eiffel Tower. That would make them about 2.5 times the height of the current turbines – but, whether they are larger or not, any extension would dominate the West Sussex sea view. From my location, the new turbines could appear to be at least four times taller than the current ones. Moreover, this new installation could cover an area FOUR times the size of the existing wind farm and stretch from Selsey Bill in the west to Newhaven in the east

In both turbine size and extent, such a large windfarm has never been built so close to the coast in the UK before. The turbines are to be sited only 8 miles from the coast. They should be at least 25 miles out to sea to have a relatively low visible impact according to government recommendations.

The proposed windfarm will dominate the whole of our Sussex bay. There will be no place along the bay coast to go to avoid them. They will cover the whole of the horizon, fencing in all the sea views. During most of the day they will be illuminated by the sun behind them, making them dark. And at night, the whole horizon will be littered with flashing red lights!

If this project goes ahead, it will cause the coastal economy here to go further into decline. Tourists and visitors, and those who come here for the sea views and invest in the area, will all shun the Sussex bay – choosing to go to more attractive locations.

The Sussex bay has already contributed to wind power with its current wind farm. There are much better places around the coast for a new windfarm of this type – in the North Sea, for example, where there is space for more than 175 gigawatts of turbine capacity (in addition to what is already planned to meet the 2050 net-zero target) at distances of 100 miles offshore on average. In this location, they would have limited impact on ship navigation and no significant impact on the coast. This would follow the target set by our prime minister who emphasised on 6th October this year that wind farms would be “far out in the deepest waters”. 

Please do all you can to represent our views and stop this project.

Yours sincerely,

(include name and complete address)

A SUGGESTED EMAIL TO YOUR MP

Dear Nick Gibb MP/Sir Peter Bottomley MP/Mims Davies MP/Andrew Griffith MP ,

I support the policy on renewable wind farms recently announced by the Prime Minister (on 6th October) where he recognises the need to accelerate their introduction.

I noted specifically that the Prime Minister recognised (i) the importance of siting wind farms “far out in the deepest waters” and, related to this, that (ii) the UK will invest in the technology of floating turbines to enable the UK to lead in this field. He also announced investment in the capability to build the next generation of turbines and to upgrade the infrastructure to support the growth of Wind Farms.

I would like to draw your attention to a local project which, if permitted, would run directly contrary to the policy of maximising the benefits to the UK economy, with offshore wind farms “far out in deepest waters”.

This project is the very significant extension being proposed to the German-backed, Rampion Wind Farm potentially covering an area spanning the whole of the Sussex bay and very close to the shore (between 8 and 15.5 miles). This wind farm would NOT be “far out” at all; in fact, it would be an inshore wind farm. (The segregation between inshore and offshore is set out by the UK Marine Management Organisation at 12 nautical miles, or 14 miles, from the shore).  For the very large wind turbines proposed by Rampion for this new extension, the OESEA recommendations are a minimum of 25 miles from the coast to ensure low impact. It may be difficult to move this proposed Wind Farm in the Sussex bay “far offshore” to meet the recommendations and the PM’s objective since it could interfere with shipping lanes. If so, the Sussex bay is not the right place for such a development. The German company investing and managing this project will receive the subsidies of British taxpayers but will not provide the return to the UK Economy that we need from our transition to renewables.

Along with many others, I strongly oppose such an extension of Rampion and would like to have your support in this.

The proposed turbines seem very large – taller than the Eiffel Tower. That would make them about 2.5 times the height of the current turbines – but, whether they are larger or not, any extension would dominate the West Sussex sea view. From my location, the new turbines could appear to be at least four times taller than the current ones. Moreover, this new installation could cover an area FOUR times the size of the existing wind farm and stretch from Selsey Bill in the west to Newhaven in the east

In both turbine size and extent, such a large windfarm has never been built so close to the coast in the UK before. It would be contrary to all recommendations.

The proposed windfarm will dominate the whole of our Sussex bay. There will be no place along the bay coast to go to avoid them. They will cover the whole of the horizon, fencing in all the sea views. During most of the day they will be illuminated by the sun behind them, making them dark. And at night, the whole horizon will be littered with flashing red lights.

If this project goes ahead, the impacts would spread wide. Only last year, Sir David Attenborough explicitly expressed concern that ‘dredging to install cable to offshore wind farms changes the seabed and its wildlife forever’ [Wildlife Trusts Marine review 2020].  Rampion 2 also requires a completely new cable route onshore from Clymping to Bolney crossing the South Downs National Park, with a new 11-acre substation that will add to the disruption caused by Rampion.

Unless the wind farm were moved more than 13 miles further offshore, it would have a significant impact on key viewpoints in the South Downs National Park. Yet when the SDNP was designated, great weight was given by the Planning Inspector to the quality of the seascape and the extensive and uninterrupted views from the South Downs out to sea.

The Sussex bay has already contributed to wind power with its current wind farm. Fortunately, there is a greener way forward. All of the wind farms being considered for inshore waters like this proposed project could, instead, be located far offshore in the North Sea. where there is space for more than 175 gigawatts of turbine capacity (in addition to what is already planned to meet the 2050 net-zero target) at distances of 100 miles offshore on average. In this location, they would have limited impact on ship navigation and no significant impact on the coast.

Wind farms in the North Sea can also connect to the new National Grid offshore network transmission that the government has confirmed in the December 2020 Energy White paper. This will provide a much more stable and secure link, obviate any extra direct connection to shore, will be more reliable and will not only power the UK but also allow us to export to the EU in times of strong winds when we have too much wind capacity – instead of paying the operators to switch off.

Wind Farms in this location would follow the target set by our prime minister, and could meet all UK needs. 

Please do all you can to represent our views and stop this project.

Yours sincerely,

(please include your full address and postcode as your MP will only consider representations from their own constituents)