Barrage could still be built, Energy Secretary tells Commons
£30bn Severn Barrage between Brean Down and South Wales
could still be built, a senior government minister has said this
Secretary Ed Davey said this week if the right proposals were
submitted the government would look at them.
plan for a £30 billion, 11-mile barrage between the Vale
of Glamorgan and Brean Down could generate 5 per cent of the UK's
total electricity needs and create thousands of jobs, say supporters.
However, environmental groups fear a barrage would cause damage
comments came in the House of Commons in answer to a question
from Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy, who asked if the barrage
was back on the political agenda.
met last week with representatives of Bristol port to hear their
concerns that the Severn Barrage might be back on the political
agenda and the possible impact of their business," she said.
Davey replied: "A study was done in the early part of the
coalition government and it was decided that while the government
wouldn't take forward any proposals, if a private consortium wants
to put forward proposals we would study that, but at the moment
we haven't seen proposals which we could back with any financial
such as Hafren Power and the Severn Lake group have held talks
with the government and environmental groups regarding the proposals.