Heseltine says Severn Barrage would 'boost the UK economy'
Heseltine said on Wednesday (October 31st) that plans for a £30bn
barrage across the Severn estuary potentially offers "extraordinary
a report on the economy commissioned by Downing Street, the former
deputy prime minister said a barrage offers a possible long-term
UK energy source.
say the barrage, from the Vale of Glamorgan to Brean Down near
Burnham-On-Sea, would provide 5% of the UK's electricity.
Heseltine, a former Conservative minister, has challenged the
UK government to take bolder action to stimulate the economy.
a section on energy, he says: "It goes without saying that
a secure and affordable supply of energy is essential to everything
we do," adding that "the Severn Barrage offers the possibility
of both a long term source of energy and extraordinary economic
continues: "It is widely accepted that over the next 10 to
15 years up to £200bn of investment may be needed to meet
both levels of demand for energy and our carbon targets."
the country's energy needs to be met, the government needs a clear
and consistent long term energy policy that indicates what our
projected needs will be and how they will be met, by when and
UK government has previously rejected barrage plans after a two-year
feasibility study found the cost could be up to £34bn, double
the initial estimate.
earlier this year, Prime Minister David Cameron instructed officials
to look into the plans.