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Swansea business leaders' dismay at Tidal Lagoon fears of MP Geraint Davies

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

An artist's impression of the new Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Swansea Bay Business Club has expressed dismay at the views of Swansea MP Geraint Davies on the project.

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BUSINESS leaders have expressed dismay at a city MP's opposition to the proposed Swansea Bay Tidal lagoon.

Swansea Bay Business Club has come out strongly against Geraint Davies's claims that the lagoon would harm tourism and the 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."

But his claims were countered by club president and secretary Bruce Roberts who said that local companies fully recognised the need for secure alternative energy supplies.

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The club gave its formal support to the scheme after its members overwhelmingly backed the plans.

"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."

It also has the support of Mr Davies's Labour colleague across the city, Sian James.

The Swansea East MP has been gauging the feelings of local people.

She said they had told her the scheme ticked all the right boxes.

"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 £850 million scheme centres on a six-mile, U-shaped seawall going from Swansea docks to near Swansea University's new Bay campus on Fabian Way.

The Planning Inspectorate wants public representations about the lagoon, which could provide power for 120,000 homes for 120 years.

Next month will see the long-awaited examination of what is one of Swansea's biggest-ever construction projects. Interested parties will converge at the Dylan Thomas Centre on June 10 for a preliminary meeting.

It marks the start of the examination process — which could take up to six months — rather than the merits of the application itself.

Swansea Council has until July 8 to submit a local impact report currently being worked on. The final decision rests with Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  May 29 2014, 10:02PM

    SwanseaGiant... Are you the MP? Even the radical tree hugger groups refute that claptrap!

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  • SwanseaGiant  |  May 27 2014, 10:42AM

    Who are these so called "business leaders" and why they should get such a big say in what will be such a monstrous development in the Bay that will affect all of us and the environment so negatively The environmental information submitted has huge gaps and people have been totally taken in by the amazing marketing. Swansea Bay will become a mud bath with raw sewage then the councils (or should I say us tax payers) will have to pay to sort it out. Some areas of the bay will be eroded, others will have sand and mud dumped so more dredging will be needed, heavy metals will be mobilised affecting the water quality and ecosystem of the bay and all the rivers running into the day affective a huge number of residents and businesses. Many river, marine and coastal species will lose out – and the bay might become a desolate dead bay rather than the vibrant living ecosystem we can boost so close to the city-let's face it the city's greatest asset! More residents and businesses in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot will lose out by this development than will gain – and gain financially but at what cost?

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  • davidrodway  |  May 25 2014, 4:01PM

    If we want to stop G Davies MP hindering the lagoon, we need to vote him out at the next election. I know of no one in Swansea West who agrees with him.

  • eastside1964  |  May 23 2014, 11:58AM

    Geraint davies take a long walk on a short pier you do not know what you are talking about

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  • leighrichards  |  May 22 2014, 1:15AM

    geraint davies is a moron. his only claim to fame was being the mp with the greatest expenses when he was an mp in croydon. how he got himself parachuted into swansea is anyones guess. he speaks for nobody but himself on this issue

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  • jack101  |  May 21 2014, 7:14PM

    Get this project built asap. It will be an amazing asset to swansea.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  May 21 2014, 6:09PM

    We should just ignore the MP, he is Swansea West and the development is in Swansea East.