MP calls on Gov­ern­ment to stop ‘stalling’ on tidal la­goon

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OGMORE MP Chris El­more has called on the Busi­ness Sec­re­tary to give the Swansea Bay Tidal La­goon the go-ahead.

Speak­ing dur­ing Busi­ness En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy ques­tions in the House of Com­mons, he asked Greg Clark MP when the UK Gov­ern­ment in­tended to re­spond to the First Min­is­ter of Wales’ of­fer of gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial sup­port to get the project off the ground.

Mr El­more said: “The Welsh Gov­ern­ment is ready, Swansea Coun­cil is ready, the in­vestors are ready: when will the UK Gov­ern­ment be ready?!

“This project would bring ben­e­fits for the whole of South Wales – far be­yond Swansea Bay – and it’s just the kind of in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment which we need to grow our econ­omy.”

First Min­is­ter, Car­wyn Jones, of­fered the UK Gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial sup­port for the la­goon, but is yet to re­ceive a re­sponse. He re­it­er­ated his of­fer when he spoke to the la­goon’s CEO Mark Shor­rock in Janaury.

The Hendry re­port, pub­lished in Jan­uary 2017, con­cluded that “the ev­i­dence is clear that tidal la­goons can play a cost ef­fec­tive role in the UK’s en- ergy mix and there is con­sid­er­able value in a small pathfinder project.”

Mr Clark re­sponded to Mr El­more’s ques­tion by stat­ing that “of­fi­cials are meet­ing with their Welsh Gov­ern­ment coun­ter­parts” to ex­plore the pro­posal.

Mr El­more added: “This con­stant stalling from min­is­ters in White­hall is do­ing noth­ing for in­vestor con­fi­dence for the fu­ture. Theresa May needs to stop flip-flop­ping and do some­thing rad­i­cal for once: get this pi­o­neer­ing project go­ing, be­fore another coun­try beats us to it!”

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