DOUBTS over whether or not the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will get off the ground have angered Carmarthenshire Labour Leader, Cllr Rob James. The newly appointed leader issued a press release stating: ‘It is extremely disappointing that, once again, the Conservative Government is reneging on their promises to the people of Wales.
‘The Welsh Labour Government has already committed more than £200m in financial support to ensure that South West Wales is home to the world’s first tidal lagoon. It is essential that we utilise our natural resources to produce green energy and move towards energy independence. Local authorities can play an important role in delivering this aspiration and with the UK Government failing to support investment in the region, we must consider what action needs to be taken going forward.
‘I sincerely hope that the Welsh Government, in collaboration with Carmarthenshire Council and its neighbouring authorities, can find a way to deliver this vital project.’
The First Minister has offered £200 million of Welsh Government funding to try and get the project underway but some question the financial sums involved including Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns who has described the numbers as ‘awful’.
If built the tidal lagoon power plant could power around 155,000 homes as well as offering potential protection to the south coast of Wales against storms and floods.