MEPs talks on windfarm plans

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YORKSHIRE MEP Linda McAvan has visited Scarborough to discuss the opportunities surrounding the development of the offshore windfarm industry along the East Coast.

The Labour MEP spoke to Scarborough Council’s Cabinet member for strategic planning and regeneration Cllr Derek Bastiman, strategic director David Archer, along with Cllr Colin Challen and project manager Alex Richards at Scarborough Town Hall.

Cllr Bastiman said: “We discussed the exciting opportunity that offshore wind presented to the borough of Scarborough and the extensive work that the council and the Whitby and Scarborough Offshore Wind Network have been doing to prepare the way to make the most of this opportunity.

“Linda was very supportive in her outlook and our approach and she offered to provide assistance to Scarborough in any way she can.”

Over the past 18 months officers at Scarborough Council have been working on how to prepare the ground for maximising the opportunities for inward investment coming from the development of offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Work has included promoting the town’s ports and business space to key developers and suppliers, working with local education and skills providers to develop the local workforce and skills, and promoting the borough’s greatest asset, its proximity to the major offshore wind farm sites. Whitby is the closet of any port to Dogger Bank.

Mrs McAvan said: “The planned offshore wind farm on Dogger Bank can provide jobs, investment and clean energy for this area and Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole. However, we must not be complacent and it’s exciting to hear that Scarborough Council is ready to grasp this opportunity with both hands.”