Council leader calls for action over Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

The leader of Swansea City Council has called on the Government to agree to deal to support the world’s first tidal lagoon project.

Developers Tidal Lagoon Power recently announced about 17 job losses, prompting concerns about the future’s project. 

And while the Government has been in talks with Tidal Lagoon Power over a Contract for Difference subsidy for months, no final decision has been made.

Following last week’s Spending Review, Swansea City Council leader, Cllr Rob Stewart has written to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling on the Government to keep the renewable energy project on track.

"The UK Government has given the project planning consent and has shown its support on a number of occasions, but the delay on agreeing the contract for difference must be resolved soon if this project is to go ahead in Swansea Bay,” said Cllr Stewart.

“The construction of the world's first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay would kick-start the delivery of five similar schemes elsewhere in the country that would generate enough clean energy to supply London, Manchester, Birmingham and a number of other key cities with reliable, renewable energy for the next 125 years,” he added.

"This technology would reduce the UK's reliance on foreign energy, help meet our renewable energy obligations and represent a major export opportunity for the UK."

Swansea West MP, Geraint Davies, added: “The Chancellor specifically mentioned and supported the lagoon in his pre-election budget, and the Prime Minister came to Swansea to support the lagoon during the election campaign on the pretext of supporting the lagoon.

“Now we face this back peddling from the government as we fast approach the Paris COP climate change conference where all government must show willing to engineer a sustainable future.

“It is important that the government gives its full backing the Swansea tidal lagoon, as the first step for lagoons around Britain and a major export opportunity to help pay our part to deliver lower omissions,” added Mr Davies.

A spokesman for the Department for Energy and Climate Change said negotiations on the tidal lagoon were ongoing.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues