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2006, Royal Haskoning, SeaGen Strangford Lough, Local Community Awareness and Perception of SeaGen MCT Project

2006, Royal Haskoning, SeaGen Strangford Lough, Local Community Awareness and Perception of SeaGen MCT Project

Topic categories:

Onshore

Last series update:

May 2021

MEDIN approved

Industry:

Tidal

Collection date:

May 2005 - May 2005

Development:

SeaGen Strangford Lough

Publication date:

May 2021

Organisation:

Royal Haskoning

Phase:

Pre-construction

Description

The landward shores of Strangford Lough are predominantly rural in setting with the two
small towns of Strangford and Portaferry on the east and west banks of the Narrows.
Leisure, tourism and fisheries are important parts of the local economy. The SeaGen project
will result in the implementation of a large piece of operating machinery in the Lough which is
likely to create a wide range of ‘mix-view’ perceptions throughout the community, whether
they be positive views of potential increase in area profile or provision of a future showpiece
for tidal technology or negative perceptions of environmental and/or economic impact. Tidal
technology is in its infancy and therefore the technical efficiency and applicability of the
system and its potential impact on the environment is uncertain. It is therefore important that
the local community are made aware of the project and kept informed at all times of the
project’s development and the ongoing environmental monitoring.
An open-invitation public exhibition was held in Strangford and Portaferry on the 16th of April
2005 to inform the local communities about the project proposed. Throughout the design of
the project, ongoing newsletters were produced and distributed to the local community. MCT
plan to produce quarterly newsletters to keep the public informed and have developed a
specific website (in development) through which the public can obtain updates and review
progress reports. MCT will be hosting another public exhibition in prior to installation in late
2006, to increase public awareness.
It is important to monitor the local community’s awareness and perception levels of the
project to assess the extent of the need and the appropriate ways to disseminate the project
information. The report in this series provides baseline awareness and knowledge levels of the
local community.