Severn Barrage will 'not happen anytime soon' says Vince Cable
Secretary Vince Cable says proposals for a Severn Barrage across
the Bristol Channel will not "happen anytime soon."
made the comments during a visit to the Burnham-On-Sea area on
Thursday with MP Tessa Munt.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Mr Cable said: "The barrage is not
going to happen anytime soon - it's just an idea at the moment.
There is no civil engineering or project to back it up, unlike
Hinkley Point which is pretty certain to go ahead in the near
Brean today, I was told there that the barrage would potentially
cause quite serious problems to people along the Somerset coastline
so we need to be very careful to take account of the local environment
and business impacts."
for his thoughts on the Severn Lake project, which would see a
barrage built between Brean Down and Lavernock Point in Wales,
he said: "It is being considered in very outline terms."
the original proposals are being cut back. What is being discussed
is a modest proposal that gets around some of the environmental
objections. The government is interested in the ideas, but we
have not had detailed proposals put to us that would be supported."
whether he thinks the barrage will be built in his lifetime, he
said: "It is possible, but I wouldn't bank on it."