Plaid Cymru calls on Westminster Government to give Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon ‘green light'


Plaid Cymru Assembly Members will be in London on Wednesday to discuss environmental issues with the Westminister Government and Parliamentary Committees.

One issue the Plaid Cymru representatives will raise will be the delay in giving the go ahead for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

Shadow Cabinet Minister for Energy, Climate Change, and Rural Affairs Mid and West AM Simon Thomas said:

 “A Wales in control of its own resources would have long ago given the go ahead to the tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay. The project is an exciting, transformational, nation-building proposal. I’ll be calling on Ministers to give the green light to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project as soon as possible. There has been too much delay in making a decision.

 “Within a generation our electricity could easily come from wind, solar and sun. There would be no need for any fossil fuels or a nuclear industry corrupted by nuclear weapons.

 “There are companies standing ready to employ hundreds in Wales to help build and exploit this technology. It is the future.

 “It seems the Tories want to kill off the tidal lagoon. No action, no decision, despite an independent report saying clearly to go ahead. Excuse after excuse.

If they fail this project it will be the biggest betrayal of our natural resources since Tryweryn.”

South West AM Dai Lloyd added,

“We’ve seen a rowing back on previous commitments to electrify the main line to Swansea, and fail to give any direction on delivering a Tidal Lagoon in Swansea Bay.

 “Plaid Cymru has long called for a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, having first committed to it in our manifesto during the middle of the last decade.

 “Public support for the lagoon is unquestionable, and the benefits in both environmental and economic terms will be significant for Wales, putting us firmly on the world stage, and creating quality employment in the process.

 “Even the Westminster Government’s commissioned Hendry review has backed the scheme, stating that it is value for money, yet what we have seen is years of dithering. 

“Plaid Cymru has been clear the government in London now needs to publish a clear schedule and expected timetable leading to a conclusion and final decision on the project, to ensure that the lagoon's financial backers do not abandon the project.

 “We need to empower our communities and country in order to ensure that decision affection Wales are made in Wales. On energy when Westminster refuses to do what’s best for Wales, we must have tools to do things for ourselves.

 “Theresa May’s pursuit of a brutal Brexit shows more than ever that Westminster is not working for Wales. The tories are using the Brexit process to undermine Welsh devolution and the Labour Welsh Government is rolling over and letting them.”

The National Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee will be in London to meet with Ministers and counterpart committees in Westminster.

The Assembly Members will meet with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State for Agriculture, fisheries and Food HoL Members of the EU Energy and Environment Committee, and HoC Members of the Environmental Audit Committee.

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