Prepare for the takeover of turbines on Wirral's coast

Posted: 17/04/2012

Secondary talks will begin this week to discuss plans for the expansion of the current wind farm on Wirral’s coast. The discussions will be between the ‘Burbo Bank Extension Team’, (Burbo Bank being the site located 4 miles from the coastline where wind turbines are currently located) and the local community. The meeting will aim to address any queries or concerns that the general public have over the expansion of the wind farm.

The design of the new wind turbines are very different from those that can be seen along the coastline from West Kirby to New Brighton. The new turbines will stand at 110 meters high from the hub and the rotor diameter will be 164 meters. In comparison, the average height of a standard turbine is 60 to 90 meters with a blade diameter of 20 to 40 meters.

The company who wish to build these colossal wind turbines are Dong Energy based in Denmark and unveiled their plans last May to triple the size of the current wind farm.

If the development gets the go ahead, the turbines would be capable of powering over 169,000 homes with the 250 megawatts of electricity generated.

There was a similar public survey that took place last June but due to the sheer scale of the scheme, the application will eventually be sent to the Government’s Infrastructure Planning Commission for the final decision in Westminster.

You can attend the talks about the wind farm extension in New Brighton at the Floral Pavilion on Wednesday April 18th from 1pm to 7pm and at the Hoylake Community Centre on Saturday 21st April between 10am to 4pm.

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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