Local Business Supports Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

The Swansea Bay Business Club has conducted a survey amongst local businesses to gauge support for the newly proposed Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and the results have been very positive.

According to the club president and secretary Bruce Roberts the local companies completely recognise that there is a need for secure alternate energy supplies. The club itself gave its formal support to the scheme following the overwhelming support given by its members.

“Every business that took part in a survey by our policy group saw the lagoon as a positive development that would bring economic and regenerative benefits to the bay region,” said Mr Roberts.

“Local companies saw significant economic benefits for the region from major schemes like the tidal lagoon.”

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Walk

Swansea East MP Sian James has also been getting a feel for how the scheme is being received by her constituents and has found that the local reaction has been very positive.

“The feedback I get from constituents — and these are the people who matter — is that the lagoon will be good for Swansea,” she said.

“Many who have attended the briefings say they were impressed with the attention paid to environmental issues.”

The only vocal opponent of the scheme so far has been Swansea West MP Geraint Davis who believes the lagoon would harm tourism and views of the bay.

The Swansea West MP said: “It would be a catastrophic mistake setting aside legitimate concerns over contamination of Swansea Bay and the depopulation of the Gower and its sands.”

Anyone who is interested in the project will be able to attend a preliminary meeting that is going to be held at the Dylan Thomas Centre on June 10. This will give everyone a chance to get a closer look at what is going to be the biggest ever construction project for Swansea.

This preliminary meeting marks the start of an examination process which could last for up to six months.

A local impact report must be filed by Swansea Council by July 8 and this is currently being completed.

More information about the project can be found in the earlier article: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Plan Submitted.

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