A Tidal Lagoon in Colwyn Bay is a huge opportunity for North Wales. Not only can we harness the power of the tides to generate low-carbon electricity, we can also deliver a range of economic, social and environmental benefits to the region.
For two years, early feasibility and engagement work has been undertaken across Conwy and Denbighshire where we have already held over 100 meetings with stakeholders and community groups. We remain very encouraged by the enthusiastic support shown to date by local people and very much hope that this will be one of the full-scale tidal lagoons that we go on to develop after Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay.
The North Wales coast has been greatly affected by flooding with the December/January storms of 2013/14 causing significant damage to coastal defences around the coastline. It is estimated that flooding in Wales cost an estimated £71 million between November 2011 and March 2014. Tidal Lagoon Colwyn Bay has the potential to act as a flood defence, protecting some of the communities that are often worst hit by flooding along the North Wales coast.
A flood defence is just one of the benefits that Tidal Lagoon Colwyn Bay could bring to North Wales. Our ambition for 50% of the project costs to be spent in Wales provides a huge opportunity for local companies and we are also exploring the potential of Colwyn Bay Tidal Lagoon as a recreational facility.
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