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Leaders urge PM to get moving on Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to give her backing to the £1.3bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

Tidal lagoon

Cllr Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, alongside the Leaders of other Swansea Bay City Region councils, has written to the new PM to reinforce the local commitment to the project which could create thousands of jobs in South West Wales.

Mrs May is being told that the lagoon project would not only be a source of renewable energy for 120 years but also has the power to help transform the economic prospects of the area for generations to come.

Cllr Stewart said the project will create thousands of jobs in the construction phase, promises to be a major tourist attraction and would be the catalyst to raise the region's profile as a 'test-bed' for pioneering renewable energy projects and technology.

"We've worked really hard over many months to ensure central government in London is in no doubt about the potential transformative power of the tidal lagoon project," he said. 

"We know a green light from London is the key to making it happen and we want them to know too that a positive decision would have far-reaching benefits not just for us in Swansea Bay, but for Wales and for the UK as well.

"The tidal lagoon will generate clean, carbon-free electricity for hundreds of thousands of homes for well over a century.

"But we want the new Prime Minister also to fully appreciate how the project will generate more than electricity as it has the potential to be the catalyst for the wider regeneration of the city region.

"The City Region is a major driver of the Welsh economy but we all recognise that we need to do more to help it reach its full potential. Our strategy is to shift economic activity towards higher value and higher growth sectors and occupations.

"The Swansea Bay Lagoon project can play a significant part in achieving our aspirations because it will raise the region's profile on the world stage as a pioneer in renewable energy technology, research, development and manufacturing."

Cllr Stewart said the project has the full backing of the City Bay Region Board, its chair Sir Terry Matthews, Swansea's two universities and other businesses and organisations in the region.


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