Beach would become a terrible mess

PUBLISHED: 09:54 15 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 24 May 2010

FROM time to time there are proposals for a barrage across the Severn estuary, with promises of perpetual high tide and the generation of free electricity from the tides

FROM time to time there are proposals for a barrage across the Severn estuary, with promises of perpetual high tide and the generation of free electricity from the tides. The reality is very different. One has only to go to Cardiff and look at the barrage the Welsh have put across Tiger Bay. This is a very sorry sight. The tide is neither in nor out, it is kept half-way. Tiger Bay used to be a lively place, with tides and waves. Now it is part-filled with murky water, and there is no sand, just mud-banks and scraggy reeds.If the same were done here, we would never see the sea, it would be so far out that we would only see mud. With no tides to wash over the sand, the beach would become a terrible mess. The pier would stand on muddy banks of reeds. There would be no tide to float the boats, no trips around the bay, no jet-skis or wind-surfing. Without the sea, Weston would soon become moribund, and local businesses would die.The Severn estuary exists only because it is washed by the tides. Dam it up and you convert it first to mud, then wetlands, and finally meadow. In 50 years Weston would be land-locked, a resort marooned in farmland. I retired here recently and I want to live by the sea not in a derelict ghost town. Please, no Severn Barrage, not within my lifetime.MIKE ROGERS - Baker Street, Weston

More from Weston Mercury

15:38

North Somerset’s two MPs have both pledged their allegiance to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Read more

A newly-formed choral ensemble will perform festive carols this week.

Read more

A Weston-born composer provided the music for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday dinner.

Read more
17:00

Shoppers will be able to park in Weston-super-Mare for free in the run-up to Christmas.

Read more
North Somerset Council Weston-super-Mare

Outstanding building projects were recognised at an award ceremony at Weston Museum last week.

Read more

Pupils and teachers from Locking Preschool hosted a Christmas fair at the village hall this weekend.

Read more

The winner of this year’s Turnip Prize is a plastic dog on top of a bowl full of jelly.

Read more

A decision on whether almost 50 homes will be built on an industrial estate will be made soon.

Read more
11:23

Planning a wedding? The Royal Hotel’s wedding coordinator Haley Montgomery shares her top tips on winter weddings and more.

Read more
11:00

Excited children spent the morning making Christingles during a messy church service in Weston.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare

Most Read

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: -1°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications