Bay lagoon plan draws mixed reaction at Burnham meeting
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week given mixed reactions to major
proposals for a power-generating lagoon to be built in Bridgwater
company behind the multi-billion pound scheme, Tidal Lagoon Power
Limited, held a meeting of sea users in Burnham to get feedback
on the plans.
from Burnham Sailing Club, Burnham Boat Owners Club, the Town
Council and Burnham's marine rescue services were among those
invited to hear more about the proposals.
lagoon could create thousands of construction jobs and more than
100 jobs once it is operational, said the developers, but there
were few firm details about timescales.
Boat Owners Simon Stroud told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "I
am sceptical about the lagoon - we need more information. We have
concerns about extra silting in the estuary in Burnham, restricted
fish movements through the lagoon, access to vessels, and there's
also concern that sewerage coming down the Parret could build
up in the estuary."
the Sailing Club's Graham Wills said: "Clearly, power generation
issues are growing in the country and 'green' alternatives like
this make a lot of sense. From a Sailing Club perspective, our
key concerns are silting and maintaining access - but it's good
to be involved early by the developers."
councillor Andy Brewer said: "It's a very interesting and
positive proposal, but the plans are a long way off yet. The developer
will learn a lot from the planned Swansea lagoon which will be
the first of its type."
And the Sailing Club's
David Humphrey added: "We all need to be open-minded about
this scheme - I think it could be very positive. It's great that
Bridgwater Bay would be the fifth lagoon out of six in the UK,
so we should benefit from the learning and problems of the others."
consultation with local groups is planned by Tidal Lagoon Power
Limited in coming months as the proposals gather pace.