Wind farm opportunity lost, insists Ritchie

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has responded to the news that plans for a wind farm off the east coast have been pulled. “Central to the development of a wind farm off the East Coast was the need to ensure that it did not jeopardise the future of the fishing industry in South Down,” she told Newry Times. “Work on the issue had been progressing in partnership with the local fishing industry. It is therefore disappointing that any investment and job opportunities that could have come to the community of South Down with the development of a wind farm off the East Coast have now been lost due to regulatory requirements that make the project unviable for First Flight Wind. “Having discussed the current situation with First Flight Wind I will now be seeking meetings with the Utility Regulator and the DETI Minister. Ritchie added, “It is vital that we pursue all opportunities for job creation and investment, particularly those that complement and can work alongside our traditional industries.”
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