The Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has said he supports the controversial scheme to build a massive tidal lagoon for South East Wales but seems to believe it will be “in Cardiff Bay” – as opposed to the actual location, which is off the sea-front of Penarth.
The scheme will draw 80 foot high concrete curtain across the sea front of Penarth from Cardiff Bay , and in front of Penarth Pier extending as far as a point due east of Whitcliffe Drive
The tidal barrage would close off the views of the Somerset Coast and the Severn Estuary from Penarth Esplanade and Penarth Pier and totally change the ambience of the sea front – and Penarth itself .
Ninety noisy power- generating turbines buried in the lagoon wall would operate night and day, killing thousands of fish and would create a considerable navigational hazard to boats and shipping coming in and out of Cardiff Docks, Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina.
Lib Dem Leader Farron appeared to be ignorant of the actual details of the scheme and said the barrage would be “in Cardiff Bay”. [ In fact it will be NOT be in “Cardiff Bay” but will be off-shore in the Bristol Channel – and directly in front of Penarth Pier and Penarth Esplanade.]
Speaking in Cardiff Farron told BBC News “It’s not just a matter of pressing the Go-Button on the Tidal Lagoon in Swansea, but also on the Tidal Lagoon in Cardiff Bay here”.