Have Your Say
Would you support a barrage across the Severn?
Plans for a £25bn barrage across the Severn to generate electricity should not go ahead in their current form, a committee of MPs has said.
Hafren Power, had outlined plans to build an 11-mile barrage across the river, but the MPs’ report said the private tidal energy firm had failed to make the case that it would be good for the economy or the environment.
Conservation groups have also voiced concerns about the potential impact on the local environment that the company have “failed to overcome”.
But Hafren Power said they had more work to do for the project that would deliver £25bn in private finance and 20,000 construction jobs, and called the MPs’ verdict “unhelpful and frustrating”. Supporters of the scheme have also argued that the tidal barrage could generate 5% of the UK’s electricity.
• Do you agree with the MPs’ conclusion?
• How do you think the plans could be improved?