Severn Barrage plans up for discussion at meeting

PLANS to resurrect the controversial Severn Barrage scheme will be revealed at the next Weston and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce meeting.

The open meeting at The Royal Hotel on April 18 will feature plans brought forward by the Corlan Hafren consortium to provide a privately-funded scheme.

Corlan Hafren, meaning Severn Enclosure in Welsh, includes engineering consultancies Halcrow and Arup and accountants KPMG.

Speaking for the group will be Dr Roger Falconer, a professor of architectural, civil and environmental engineering at Cardiff University.

Also speaking will be Dr Andrew Tyler, chief executive of Bristol-based Marine Current Turbines on some of the other technologies available to provide renewable marine energy sources.

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Environmental concerns on the implications for marine conservation and the protection of wildlife habitats will also be discussed.

Chamber president Gail Parson said: “This scheme would have a tremendous effect on the area, both during the construction phase and once it is built.

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“We have, therefore, decided to make this an open meeting to enable as many people as possible to receive accurate information on the scheme.”

The meeting will begin at 7pm.

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