Massive boost to employment

PUBLISHED: 09:21 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

SINCE my election to Woodspring in 1995 and well before I have supported the idea of a Severn Barrage as a massive boost to employment in the area, and the provision of vital transport links with South Wales. I well understand the concerns of Friends of t

SINCE my election to Woodspring in 1995 and well before I have supported the idea of a Severn Barrage as a massive boost to employment in the area, and the provision of vital transport links with South Wales.I well understand the concerns of Friends of the Earth in relation to the dislocation of wildlife and feeding grounds. A new feasibility study would look in detail at these environmental issues. The setting up of a Welsh Severn Wildlife Trust along the lines of Slimbridge in Gloucestershire would help to alleviate many of these concerns.I would be very concerned about new expansion at Hinkley Point and remain to be convinced about the cleanliness of the latest generation nuclear plants.The choice is clear in my view - either we have a massive expansion of the nuclear industry or much greater investment in wave-powered renewable energy systems such as the Severn Barrage. Wind farms and pontoon schemes will simply not deliver the amount of power needed by 2020 and in my view the Severn Barrage is the only realistic answer. COUNCILLOR DEREK KRAFT - (Labour Weston East)

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