Congratulations to the Vestas rooftop protestors at East Cowes. They opened up a ‘second front’ in the battle to keep Vestas on the Isle of Wight making wind turbine blades (making them now – there’s no doubt Vestas will come back when the price is right – either because of the market picking up or because government subsidies are big enough). Anyone arriving on the Red Funnel ferry into East Cowes, IoW for the past 11 days will have been able to admire their wonderful banners, and their RMT flags fluttering from the turrets at the factory with the biggest Union Jack in the world (!).
They’ve decided to come down, thinking that they have made a big enough statement, and will use their skills in other ways. Today when they abseil down at 11am, they will talk to the press, alongside the Vestas workers, who have appreciated all their efforts and who have coordinated their work with them. Then they will go to the ‘surgery’ of the constituency MP, Andrew Turner at 1pm to highlight his hypocrisy, in supporting Vestas staying open on the Island at the same time as he opposes the building of a wind farm on the Island – just the argument that Vestas and the government make for why Vestas has to close (at the moment): the market is not big enough because every application for an onshore wind farm gets snarled up in objections from local people, often including the local politician. The opposition to wind farms is very vocal; the people supporting them much less so, and the politicians usually side with who is making the most noise. That is what Andrew Turner has done.
Save Vestas campaign blog and all the people who work with it salute the Vestas East Cowes rooftoppers. We know what a big boost you gave to the campaign, when you popped up on the roof 11 days ago, and we know what an effort it’s been to carry out the protest. A worthwhile one for all. On Wednesday this week, 12th August, national day of solidarity with Vestas workers, it was the highlight of the rally when you unfurled your new banner ‘wind power to the people’, complete with fanfare and flares.
Good luck all, today, Jax and the rest of the Vestas rooftoppers.
Save Vestas blog
Press statement – Thursday 13th August 4.30pm:
‘Despite the green rhetoric from the main political parties, the truth of their attitude is apparent where green jobs are allowed to be lost and local MP Andrew Turner actively opposes a wind farm on the Isle of Wight. This tipifies the NIMBY attitute which is blocking the progression of on-shore wind in the UK.’
‘Andrew Turner’s justification for the opposition to Wind power on the Island includes a statement that having a windfarm on the Isle of wight would have no effect on the vestas work force,(1) when in fact it is the cummulative effect of decisions like these which efffects demand for wind power in the UK and has directly let to the closure of vestas with the loss of over 600 jobs.’
Timings for photo and interview opportunities
7.30 am We will be available for interviews over the phone from this time Telephone 07944 744922.
11am Protesters will abseil down from the side of the vestas building, Columbine Road, Venture Quays, East Cowes, Isle of Wight and, alongside vestas workers, will be available for media interviews.
1pm – We will be at Andrew Turner’s constituency surgery requesting to talk to him on camera, to discuss his objections to Wind power on the Isle Of Wight, and his stance on NIMBYism.