Worthing council leader recognises ‘obvious interest’ in E.ON wind farm project

WORTHING has an obvious interest in the proposed wind farm.

This is what Worthing Borough Council leader Paul Yallop told the joint strategic committee meeting of Adur and Worthing councils at the Civic Centre, in Ham Road, Shoreham, on Tuesday (February 28).

He said the estimated 1,000 visitors to the presentation held by E.ON on Saturday at the St Paul’s Centre, in Chapel Road, Worthing, was much higher than in other towns where the presentation had also been made to the public.

At the meeting, the committee agreed to recommendations made to continue negotiating with E.ON over plans for wiring for the wind farm to go underneath a number of facilities in Brooklands Pleasure Park, in Brighton Road, including the pitch and putt.

Mr Yallop said the decision to agree to the recommendations was a “no-brainer”, as otherwise E.ON could request for compulsory purchase order powers from the Secretary of State to acquire the land.

He said: “If we don’t agree to the recommendations, they could CPO the land and then we would have no negotiating power.”

The wind farm would be approximately 13-23 kilometres off the Sussex coastline.

The cable landfall is proposed to go from Worthing through to Lancing, Upper Beeding, Woodmancote, Blackstone and Wineham, predominately across agricultural land.

E.ON has asked to be granted a five-year option, extendable to seven years, to take a 99-year lease of the land required for cabling.