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Another blow for Severn Barrage scheme off Somerset coast
A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to build a Severn Barrage has received another blow today after the Government said the proposals need improving to be given 'serious consideration'.
Developer Halfren Power wants to use the large tidal range of the Severn to generate electricity by stretching a barrage from Somerset to south Wales.
However, a Government report released today has cast doubt on the viability of the scheme.
Reacting to the report, Simon Bird, of anti-barrage group The Bristol Port Company, said: “We now have the Government, MPs on four independent committees and the scientists at the Houses of Parliament all saying that the Hafren Power proposal is thoroughly unconvincing.
“The debate has moved on to finding sustainable and balanced ways to generate energy from the Severn which the barrage never could achieve."
Environmentalist Kate Jennings, from the RSPB, said: “Once again, plans to build a Severn barrage have been effectively dismissed, failing to demonstrate either effective mitigation of environmental impacts or value for money.
"This is fantastic news for the wildlife of the Severn, and a welcome blast of common sense from the Government. Conservationists have been warning for years that this project would devastate the ecosystem of this estuary, but it has somehow managed to stay on the table."
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