16 Mar 2017

Should Swansea lead a greener life?

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Should Swansea lead a greener life?

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Why isn’t the Lagoon already being built?

There have been plans to create the world’s first power saving tidal lagoon, in Swansea Bay. The Lagoon will use the tidal power to create clean resourceful energy. The Lagoon will prevent us from using coal to create electricity, every year will use up to 236,000 tonnes less of carbon than what it is now. The lagoon will hopefully supply power to 155,000 welsh homes each year, by using the electricity created by the tide. The Tidal Lagoon project website claims that the lagoon will attract as many as 100,000 visitors a year, tourists, workers and of course the locals will use the lagoon, but most of all it will be enjoyed by school children in the area. The lagoon will also supply jobs for the people of Swansea and possibly Neath which will provide a much needed boost for the local economy.

Swansea, view over Swansea Bay, location of proposed tidal-lagoon power station

The lagoon would hopefully be used for things such as sports events such as swimming and kayaking, being used for children on school trips, and just a great attraction for the public. There would be a café in the middle of the lagoon, and there would also be an education centre. This would be good for young pupils to learn about the sea and how it’s important in life. There would be a tram going along the walkway, and would stop at the education centre, this could then allow disabled children to learn as well.

The project will be shaped as a ‘U’ and will be surrounded by the sea there will be a long walkway around it, dotted with benches and picnic tables. Along the sides of the lagoon there’s going to be stones and hidden underneath all of that will be the turbines. These turbines will be created using the local steelworks, Tata Steel, the total amount of steel that will be needed will add up to 100,000 tones. The lagoons breakwater will stretch up to 9.5km.

959 Swansea Bay residents are members of Active Supporters Groups that promote the project, so why isn’t it being built? Some people say that if it was being built in England or a Capital city like Cardiff the plans would’ve been sent straight through. This project would create 2,232 jobs in the UK, and would hopefully help the problems with the homeless people. Every year this project would bring £76 million to our country. The lagoon would cost £1.3 billion, which means it would only take 17 years to recover the money, and since there is now no money going into the EU (according to Nigel Farage we would recover £350 million a year) this should potentially take less time

With such exciting prospects and benefits to the city of Swansea, its residents look forward to hearing new information about this project which could enhance the future of the city in so many ways.

Gan Elin a Ffion.
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