Correspondence Re: Offshore Wind Farm Proposal

Dear Sirs

I am writing to you to ask for information relating to proposed offshore wind park off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts and to the west of the Isle of Wight. I  am a wildlife photographer and surfer who has lived on the Isle of Wight for most of my life. I am all for wind power and would welcome a wind park on the Island or off the coast but I do have concerns to the proposed location.

I am currently researching the history of surfing on the Island. The Island has been rich in surfing talent from surf board shapers, big wave pioneers, designers and professional surfers. The current British Champion is from the Isle of Wight. My concerns are that the proposed location of the wind farm sits directly in the path of any swell coming from the Atlantic that give us our waves on the south west of the Island. Can you tell me what impact the wind farm will have on swell. I have many some enquiries and have been told that because of the number of wind turbines and the size of the base of each one that there will be an impact but I have not been given any further information.

Can you also tell me if there are to be any direct benefits to people living on the Isle of Wight.

Kind Regards

Paul Blackley