Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has raised worries about the future of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project during a recent debate in Parliament.
Discussions on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon began under the former Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, during the Coalition Government. However, since the election, enthusiasm from the Government for the project has cooled significantly, and they recently announced a review into the project and hinted at ‘uncertainty’ over its future.
The Liberal Democrats fully support the Tidal Lagoon project, which would put the UK at the forefront of Tidal Lagoon technology, helping us to meet the UK’s climate change targets and helping to create thousands of jobs in Wales.
Mark said “It is vital that the Government does not kick the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project into the long grass. It is a hugely important project not only to Swansea and Wales, but to the UK as a whole.
“If we are to meet our climate change targets, it is vital that we invest up front for these kind of ambitious projects, and we cannot allow short-term thinking to scupper these long-term ambitions for our environment and our economy.
“If the Government want to tackle climate change and rebalance our economy to improve manufacturing, then renewables, and the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, are exactly the sector we must give our fully support.”