Prowind’s plans for a windfarm and wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jurby turned into a ‘complete shambles’, the Chief Minister has admitted.
Allan Bell said the Department of Economic Development had been right in courting a potential opportunity for economic growth.
But he urged MHKs to be more considered in the comments in parliament if the island was to send out a message that we are open for business.
Prowind had proposed to built five 150m high turbines at Jurby airfield together with manufacturing plant for US partner Xseres. But the company changed its plans after being told the airfield was still needed for aviation use.
Prowind pulled out altogether following criticism made in the House of Keys. This was despite scores of people having attended job interviews.
Mr Bell said: ‘It seems to me the whole issue has been a complete shambles. DED was absolutely right to pursue any new economic opportunity.’
He said it was ‘unfair and insensitive’ to interview people for jobs when it would have taken two years at least for any development. He urged balance from MHKS as the wrong message was sent out if ‘reputations are shredded on the floor of Tynwald’.