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The Welsh Liberal Democrats are deeply disappointed at reports the UK Government is set to reject the Swansea Tidal Lagoon. This would be a huge missed opportunity to develop Wales’ green economy and deliver a vital boost for the Swansea Bay Region.

Welsh Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon to be given the go-ahead, leading calls for Wales to be home to the world’s first tidal lagoon.

The lagoon was a key priority for the Liberal Democrats in Coalition, and the Conservatives’ failure to support the lagoon since has rolled back the Liberal Democrats’ green revolution.

The lagoon was strongly backed by the government commissioned Hendry review in January 2017 and is supported by businesses, councils, MPs and AMs from all parties. The lagoon would have acted as a pathfinder project for other lagoons across Wales including Newport, Cardiff and Colwyn Bay.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:

I strongly condemn the UK government’s reported rejection of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon. This is a vital project that would have brought untold environmental and economic benefits to the community, Wales and the UK. The lagoon would have been a crucial first step in making Wales a world leader in green energy and paved the way for lagoons at Newport, Cardiff and Colwyn Bay.

Following the UK government’s cancellation of rail electrification to Swansea, their refusal to give the Swansea Tidal Lagoon the green light was deeply concerning and led many to fear the project would not be approved at all. Unfortunately, it seems those fears were well-founded and the Government has decided to ignore business leaders and Assembly Members from all parties by rejecting the lagoon.

Swansea Liberal Democrat Councillor Peter Black commented:

If true, this is devastating news for the entire Swansea Bay Region, the lagoon would have created large numbers of high quality jobs with substantial resulting economic benefits for the region. As an Assembly Member I campaigned tirelessly for the lagoon and it is bitterly disappointing to hear this important project will be rejected. This is yet another kick in the teeth to Swansea from the UK government.