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Severn Barrage 'should be scrapped'

Plans for the £23bn Severn Barrage project should be scrapped, according to MPs from the Labour and Conservative parties.

A 90 page report covering the background to the scheme along with a number of alternatives has been published by Labour MP Martin Salter and Conservative MP Charles Walker.

In the Severn Barrage Digest report, the MPs claim the project is unaffordable “in terms of its impact on the environment”.

The report says: “The construction of a barrage on the scale of the Cardiff to Weston proposal means that large swathes of valuable inter-tidal ground would be permanently submerged and that the populations of wading and migratory birds that rely on it would be deprived of a site of international significance to their future well being.”

It adds plans for the barrage would be impossible to introduce without breaking current European law.

“It would create a precedent that would effectively allow any other EU country or region to build destructive dams across estuary systems and undermine environmental legislation designed to protect our diminishing coastal resources.”

Severn Barrage Digest report

The report says: “It would create a precedent that would effectively allow any other EU country or region to build destructive dams across estuary systems and undermine environmental legislation designed to protect our diminishing coastal resources.”

The MPs have called for a number of alternatives to be considered, including tidal lagoons or tideway turbines.

They said if these were introduced, they would create green energy without causing damage to the environment.

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