Concerns have been raised over impact of proposal tidal lagoon on Swansea Bay if other projects go ahead
SERIOUS concerns have been raised over the impact of the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon if plans for the Severn Barrage and a huge offshore wind farm development also forge ahead.
Councillor Neil Ronconi-Williard said he understood no modelling had taken place on how the purpose-built energy lagoon would affect the surrounding area.
During a debate at a special meeting of Swansea Council's development management and control committee, Mr Ronconi-Williard raised concerns the scheme's long white sea wall would turn green in time.
The feeling among a number of councillors was that the £650 million-plus scheme was "exciting" but they had a series of reservations about the project, which could create 2,880 jobs during the construction phase and 50 operational ones.
Mr Ronconi-Williard said: "I think the tidal lagoon is an exciting project.
"There does not seem any modelling on the impact of the lagoon should the Severn Barrage go ahead along with the Atlantic Array. The second issue is the aesthetic impact on the bay.
"We have the shot of Rhossili Bay but the presentation is always at high tide and we never see it at low tide.
He added: "Of course we are not a Mediterranean city. We live by the sea and we see what happens to the structures in the day. It wouldn't be a beautiful white line running around the bay — it would be a light green line."
Oystermouth Councillor Tony Colburn added: "The only way to avoid the visual impact is not to build the lagoon."
Richard Jones, major projects team leader at Swansea Council, made clear before the start of the debate "many aspects of the report come across as being negative" but the local authority were considering all the issues.
He said a clear environment statement remained outstanding from the report.
Alex Herbert, head of planning for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, pledged before the debate "the answers to the big questions will be provided."
The UK Government will decide upon the scheme.