Kent County Council
Kent County Council (KCC) has played a supporting role in the development of three offshore wind farms at its coastline. The Council’s involvement within the sector started early in the development process working with developers and local partners to realise the local economic, environmental and social benefits arising from the growth of offshore wind. This is consistent with the Councils thematic competences including supporting economic growth, strategic planning, environmental safeguarding and social inclusion. In order to do this the Council, through the Sustainable Business Team led by Christopher Seamark, developed on the work of the Kent Wind Energy Network which is a free to use local network, online directory and information resource consisting of over 500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that support local supply chain development and put offshore wind farm developers in touch with local businesses. The simple to use directory allows people to search by category or company for services covering project development, equipment design, construction and operation, as well as more general support such as accommodation, recruitment and office supplies.
Kent County Council will use the Kent Wind Energy Network for work in both Work Packages (WP) it is involved in as follows:
- In WP3 KCC will work closely with the key stakeholders to unlock SMEs potential in offshore wind supply chains. The private sector will be involved as part of a group of SMEs willing to participate in cross border trade initiatives where the opportunities for innovative
- In WP4 KCC will research the use of ports and test facilities by SMEs to understand how using infrastructure and clustering can enhance supply chains and support offshore wind sustainability.