Anger over windfarm

Janet Holmes in the front room of her Seaton Carew home that looks over Hartlepool Bay. Picture By FRANK REID
Janet Holmes in the front room of her Seaton Carew home that looks over Hartlepool Bay. Picture By FRANK REID

A WOMAN whose house looks out to sea has hit out at energy giants for a “lack” of consultation about a huge windfarm which is being built off the coast of Hartlepool.

Janet Holmes says EDF Energy’s Teesside Offshore Windfarm – which is set to put up 27 turbines a mile off Redcar – will be seen clearly from Seaton Carew.

But the 63-year-old says she was not informed by the company that the site would be seen from her seafront home in Station Lane.

EDF Energy, however, claims it has done its “utmost” to inform residents including circulating leaflets, establishing a website and informing town councillors.

Mother-of-six Janet, who is married to Fred, 51, said: “I haven’t received a leaflet from EDF Energy.

“I’m disappointed because I could have been another person to object and potentially made a difference. I know the powers that be make the decisions ultimately, but we could have had a say.

“This windfarm starts a mile from Redcar, but it ends halfway across our bay and can clearly be seen from Hartlepool. I don’t think this has been publicised well enough.

“Half of our beautiful view is going to be obstructed by wind turbines.”

The NHS administrator, who has lived in her home for nine years, added: “I wouldn’t have bought the house if I’d have known a windfarm was to be built here.

“It may even devalue my home because it will cut down on the amount of people who would want to buy it, if they had the same opinion as me.”

A spokesman for EDF Energy said: “The location and scale has been a matter of public record for many years. It is widely known that the site off the coast at South Gare, Redcar, will be visible for several miles from the surrounding coastline.

“At all times during the planning consultation process and since the recent start of building work we have communicated our progress to local stakeholders and the wider communities of Redcar and Hartlepool.

“At the start of the year we circulated an information leaflet to thousands of homes in Redcar and the Seaton Carew and Hartlepool shoreline area. We established a website and have been notifying councillors in Redcar and Hartlepool at all stages.

“Most recently we produced a page of information within Hartlepool Council’s magazine that is circulated to homes within the borough. We have done our utmost to keep everyone within Redcar and Hartlepool notified of our plans and progress on the site.”