E.on recently announced the final design for its 116 turbine Rampion Wind Farm which will produce enough electricity for 290,000 homes. That’s great, but the location of the associated visitor centre will have the greatest local impact.
A visitor & education centre, a feature of all E.on’s generating facilities, is expected to attract up to 40,000 people per annum which makes it a great addition to any overall visitor offer but E.on haven’t decided where it will be located.
The 72 sq km windfarm will be clearly visible about 13km directly off the coast between Shoreham and Worthing [see earlier story]. The visitor centre obviously has to be in a seafront location with a good view of the turbine array and good existing footfall. But it also has to have good transport links, especially to London, and the tourism infrastructure to support the visitor numbers.
Because the angle of view diminishes as you go further east along the coast, in the final analysis it will probably come down to either Brighton or Worthing.
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Clearly, Brighton would be the right choice!
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