Alan initially engaged with the project team to highlight the lack of RSA references in their proposal documents. He subsequently arranged for an informal meeting in 2013 between the team, himself, Tony Williams and Bob Gawn (representing the West Wight Charter Skippers Association). This productive meeting resulted in a greater understanding all round of issues involved. It was highlighted that a particular concern for RSAs is the possible routing of the cables bringing the power ashore, the options for which include transiting the Plaice grounds off Ventnor. In April 2014 Alan received a further visit from representatives of a company that had been engaged to generate a mandatory impact assessment of this plan. Alan provided them with estimates of the level of angling effort occurring in the area as well as reiterating the concern relating to the route of the cables across the Plaice grounds especially as the plan now seems to be to go with option 1 route. He was assured that the cable would be relatively small and its installation should have minimal impact. It remains to be seen what effect the considerable strong protests by commercial fishermen will have on the outcome of this proposal.
Navitus Bay proposed wind turbine park. As of September 2015 the application has been refused.
Alan Deeming engaged with the project team to initially highlight that RSA had not been considered in the original proposal documents. Considerable well publicised consultation occured since the original plan was announced. The hope was that, if it went ahead, then angling would be permitted within the park, which could provide a good haven for fish, free from commercial activity. Alan was informed that the well publicised alternative plan for a smaller area would still remain within the boundary of the original larger area.
The concern now is if a further application is submitted that moves the location further offshore into a significant angling area.
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