I am not sure how many people realise this but plans are being drawn up to build a huge Wind Farm just off shore from San Steph that will totally ruin the town and probably the tourist trade on which it depends.
As the Website below explains the proposal is to build 300 Wind Turbines each 550feet high, they will be situated around each of the Diapontian islands including Donkey Island just off the coast of San Steph.
This site if built will totally destroy the San Steph seascape, who will want to lie on the beach and relax in San Steph with the noise and flicker from 300 Wind Turbines for company? The famous San Steph sunset will be broken up by lines of these huge structures and the flicker at sunset will be cast across the town at dusk.
Construction of the Wind Farm will involve the movement of thousands of heavy plant and machinery and such a large industrial construction site will have a profound affect om the remote Corfu North West landscape.
If you look at the Website you will see a map of the proposed Wind Farm location and as you can see the closest turbines will be just half a mile from the beach and will tower 550feet above the sea, a similar height to Blackpool Tower.
If this goes ahead many people (including myself) will be put off visiting San Steph and I am worried that it could destroy the tourist trade in the town.
If you are worried as well, please sign the petition on the Website and conserve the future of San Steph for the locals and tourists alike.
Message posted by NIGEL on 07 February 2010 at 11:47pm - IP Logged
I think the Greeks need to address other environmental problems closer to home before the introduction of green energy, like the lack of recycling, the fly tipping.
The wind turbines will be introduced by an energy company and money given to the government.
Time will tell
Message posted by janmanessi on 08 February 2010 at 7:49am - IP Logged
if having a wind farm creates jobs for the area, so that there is a STEADY income, and IF the advantages outweigh the disadvantages then it cannot be rejected out of hand.
As another post on the same subject said- wind farms can be a tourist attraction in themselves- they are not necessarily ugly. San Stefanos' tourism is a very recent phenomenon but everyone is aware of the fates of some of then more traditional tourist areas on Corfu as fashions change and tourists move on and the people there might be glad to have something more solid to rely on.
Then thing is that it all has to be weighed up- and as Nigel says- paid for!
Message posted by J&L on 08 February 2010 at 8:32am - IP Logged
The future of tourism in a small place like San Stefanos is unlikely to be regarded as one of the major factors in such a huge scheme I am afraid. However, there are loads of things which will have to be taken into account. Personally I would wait and see, a lot of things are talked about which do not happen.
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