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Welcome support for offshore wind; LETTERS.

THE report by Owen Hughes in your issue of July 16 entitled "Wind can power a Port jobs bonanza" refers to energy firm Centrica having submitted their scoping application to build up to 440 wind turbines in the sea nine miles of the north coast of Anglesey.

Holyhead will be the nearest port to the massive development and if chosen as the main supply base would see the creation of hundreds of jobs during the construction phase, and for ongoing maintenance work.

Tourism bosses did not believe the scheme would have a negative impact due to its distance from the coast, but the planning report does say some Anglesey scollop and whelk fishermen could be affected.

Albert Owen MP said now was the time for port investment so that Holyhead should set down a 'marker'' and steal a march on rival ports.

Last year UK Energy minister Charles Hendry said Holyhead was perfectly placed to cash in on renewables.

Albert Owen MP said: "We have to grasp the nettle, if Holyhead is chosen as the base port then the economic benefits will be massive".

I didn''t like Albert Owen''s turn of phrase 'We have to grasp the nettle'' which in British parlance means tackling a difficulty boldly. I would have thought from what UK Energy minister Charles Hendy said, and providing Centrica receive planning permission, the jobs are in the bag.

He continued: "We now need UK and Welsh Government support to provide the infrastructure needed at Holyhead, and use its position as an energy enterprise zone.

"We have seen with Gwynt-y-Mor (off Llandudno) how this has helped to bring work to this part of North Wales, this scheme can do the same and even more for north west Wales".

It is welcome to hear Albert Owen eulogising about off-shore wind farms, let''s hope he progresses to supporting other forms of renewables like tidal flows, wave power, and solar panels.

Albert Owen''s obsession with Wylfa B was very off-putting to a lot of us, and to many of his own constituents. There is nothing to be said in its favour.

Trefor Davies, Llanfrothen.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2012
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