Severn Lake could prevent flooding

A GIANT lake created by a wall from Brean Down to Lavernock Point could prevent future flooding. The claim comes from Welsh entrepreneur Gareth Woodham, who is the man behind the Severn Lake project. At a meeting in Clevedon on Saturday, Mr Woodham claime

A GIANT lake created by a wall from Brean Down to Lavernock Point could prevent future flooding.The claim comes from Welsh entrepreneur Gareth Woodham, who is the man behind the Severn Lake project.At a meeting in Clevedon on Saturday, Mr Woodham claimed that the Severn Lake would prevent the floods caused by torrential rain, which damaged thousands of homes in Gloucester last month, as the lake would enable the control of flood waters.Clevedon Labour Party chariman, Derrick Lovering, who helped organise the event, said: "The effects the rain had on places like Tewkesbury would allegedly be greatly reduced."Representations were also made at the meeting by Glyn Ford, a member of the European Parliament and ex-district councillor Chanel Stevens. The multi-billion pound project proposed by Mr Woodham would also include 200 hydro-electric turbines and two wave farms, providing a green way of creating energy which would help reduce British carbon emissions, which the Government wants to cut by 20 per cent by 2020. Glyn Ford explained there are two variations of the project being talked about by experts. He said: "The Severn Lake, which Mr Woodham is proposing, would create green energy. But other people are talking about the Severn Barrage which sounds similar but would also have a road on top of it to enable vehicles to drive from Brean to Wales."In a statement on the project website, Mr Woodham said: "It has been made clear we do not want a road from Wales to land at Brean Down to act as a 'rat-run' to the M5."The Sustainable Development Commission is due to release a report in autumn on the environmental impact the project would have, after green campaigners claimed the project would do irreversible damage to wildlife in the area.


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