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Swansea Bay tidal lagoon hearings set to begin

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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THE long-awaited examination of one of Swansea's biggest construction projects ever gets under way in the city next month.

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay plc is seeking a consent order for its six-mile U-shaped structure between the Tawe and Neath river channels.

A massive amount of work has gone into the £750 million-plus proposal, which has generated huge interest in Swansea and beyond.

Interested parties will converge at the Dylan Thomas Centre on June 10 for a preliminary meeting.

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The meeting marks the start of, and is about, the examination process, which can take up to six months, rather than the merits of the application itself. The meeting and subsequent hearings will be chaired by Gideon Amos, lead member of the examining inspector panel, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

The examining authority has drawn up an initial list of key issues it will hear about and discuss at the later hearings, including landscape, seascape, visual impacts and design, impacts on species and habitats, and renewable energy generation.

Swansea Council is currently preparing a local impact report, which must be submitted by July 8. A decision on the lagoon will be made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey.

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  May 17 2014, 3:04PM

    Lezz_T: How about artist's impressions of the structure through thick fog and on a moonless night during a power cut?

  • bluenorw  |  May 16 2014, 7:35PM

    As a convinced cimate change sceptic, I find this green energy scheme a refreshing change from the nonsensical emphasis on wind turbines. Tidal energy is predictable and the design of this scheme will permit generation both for inward and outward tidal flow. It is imaginative, will not create an eyesore, being only a few metres above sea level and will provide useful recreational facilities. For once, Swansea could lead the way in welcoming an innovative scheme with obvious environmental benefit. Provided due attention is paid to the preservation or relocation of wildlife that may be affected by the lagoon, it is difficult to see any reason to object to this scheme. The lagoon will also provide flod protection for the low lying areas in Crymlyn Burrows during stormy weather.

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  • Lezz_T  |  May 16 2014, 6:22PM

    We'll see who is right if and when this concrete eyesore ever gets built, it will be too late to moan the that the bay has been totally ruined. MattSamms- developers would never exaggerate the benefits now would they? I remember when that other expensive white elephant the barrage was being built, it was promised it would bring 20,000 jobs to the eastside as justification for wasting millions just so a wealthy few boat owners could go in and out of the marina without being inconvenienced by the tide.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  May 16 2014, 6:00PM

    What a suprise the manic depressant Lezz_T is being so negative, and what a suprise the poor person has a negative score for the customary pessistic outlook. You are becoming a joke figure around here Lezz_T, time for you to unregister from this site me thinks.

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  • MattSamms  |  May 16 2014, 5:52PM

    Just took a look outside and guess what? The sun is shining and the sea has a definite calypso hue. I suspect that something of this nature would not be built in Brighton or Bournemouth because the tidal ebb and flow is not as marked as here. As for being of very little benefit to the people of Swansea, who says so? Didn't I read somewhere that around £4 million a year would come into the city?

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  • Lezz_T  |  May 16 2014, 4:49PM

    Funny how the sun is always shining and the sea as blue as the Caribbean in artists impression. I'm sure if this ever gets built the reality will be a huge. ugly, concrete monstrosity totally dominating the seascape with very little if any benefit to local people, yet it's being sold as if it is somehow a feather in the cap of Swansea. Does anyone believe that Brighton or Bournemouth would want one of these of their coast?

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  • Gwyddno  |  May 16 2014, 1:33PM

    Does anyone know where Geraint Davies gets his information about the tidal lagoon? Four years as an MP for Swansea West and he refers to Gower as 'the Gower'.

  • Alltalk  |  May 16 2014, 12:20PM

    Swansea West Labour MP Geraint Davies is against it. That's enough to make me support the idea. http://tinyurl.com/ot5vg7z

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