Offshore wind farm destroys childhood beaches

Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, however, my blood boiled when lasts week, whilst on holiday in Sheringham when a day trip to the beaches of my childhood at Wells-next-the-sea revealed a far from familiar scene.

Where once there had been delightful pools left behind by the outgoing tide, where children (and adults) could paddle in safely, was now a huge channel dredged out, to make room for a new mooring.

The 4 or 5 boats moored were apparently supply / service vessels to the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, which we could see quite clearly from the beaches of Sheringham.

The ‘long beach’ at Wells’ with its row of brightly painted beech chalets is still as friendly as ever, if a little on the chilly side, depending on which way the wind blows of course.

Thankfully, it didn’t spoil the day too much and the week itself was glorious, so thank you Sheringham.

Pity the Well’s planners didn’t consider the impact of the new mooring a bit more though…

photo credit: russell james smith

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