The role of engagement

Our approach to consultation and project development is based on effective engagement. Our aim is to engage with any organisation or individual with an interest in the project.

We are no longer in consultation, however we recognise that it is still essential to engage with new and previously identified stakeholders. Early and widespread consultation and engagement significantly shaped the scheme that was applied for and consented. Our approach was to facilitate early involvement of local communities, local authorities and statutory consultees and to ensure all parties were able to influence how the project was developed and integrated in the community.

Continued engagement leading into and throughout the construction period is important to ensure that stakeholders are informed of the project stages and have an opportunity to ask questions.

 

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon engagement so far

Over 400 meetings were held during the pre-application phase with over 250 individuals and organisations, covering art and culture, business, community councils, councillors and local authorities, education, environment and conservation groups, fish, individuals/residents, political representatives and sport and recreation stakeholders.

During the non-statutory consultation period we held 4 public events attended by 431 individuals.
During statutory consultation we held 20 public events attended by 1,010 individuals and sent the Statement of Community Consultation, which included a consultation questionnaire, to 196,000 residential and commercial addresses. The consultation questionnaire results revealed an impressive 86% public support for the project.

The Swansea Bay Engagement Team continue to engage and communicate with all stakeholders across Swansea Bay. Communications are carried out in a number of different ways from face to face meetings and presentations, to attendance at events and a project newsletter which currently has over 3,000 subscribers.

During 2015, 63 project update presentations were given, and 192 additional meetings held with stakeholders which included a project status update. General community engagement throughout Swansea Bay is carried out by attendance at events. Our engagement team took part in the Mumbles raft race and four Swansea Bay community events in 2015 where we discussed the project with 1,213 stakeholders. Community surgeries were held in the last quarter of 2015 at six locations around Swansea Bay where we met with 106 members of the community.

In addition to attendance at general community events we attended 45 other events where we further communicated with our stakeholders.

We believe education and outreach are vital to this project and its legacy and we have an ambition to work in all 176 schools, colleges and universities in Swansea Bay by the end of construction, to inspire young people and develop skills and knowledge around the subject of tidal energy. 18 education workshops were held during 2015 at both primary and secondary schools.  Visit our Education page to find out more.

TLSB Raft Race 2015    Mumbles Oyster festival    tlsb_engagingwithgowershow2015

 

Active supporters of the project

Local residents have established four independent Active Supporters Groups, representing a membership of 959 individuals from the Swansea Bay region intent on supporting and promoting the scheme. We stay in regular contact with the Chairman of each group so that they can answer queries they receive from members. The Chairmen volunteer their time to join us at community events and send out their own newsletters to members to keep them informed of project progress.

Find out how you may join an Active Supporters Group here.

 

The TLSB team joined the Swansea University team of SEACAMS to exhibit at the British Science Festival held in the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. SEACAMS is a unique venture between Bangor, Swansea and Aberystwyth Universities designed to bring together internationally recognised marine science expertise to support businesses working in Wales. The aim of the joint exhibition was to teach children about the collaborative work undertaken on how bioblocks could be used as part of the 9.5km of seawall that will be built to form the lagoon in Swansea Bay. The bioblocks will be developed in a way to create habitat for the colonisation of marine life so that the lagoon seawall will positively contribute to increasing biodiversity in Swansea Bay.

Those whom attended our exhibition learned about what we were trying to achieve with the use of bioblocks and were given some clay and texture tools to create their own mini bioblock. The workshop was very popular and 370 children made their own bioblocks over the weekend and considered the types of marine life that might live in Swansea Bay and what might make a good habitat.

You can find out more about bioblocks and the work that SEACAMS carry out here.


Case Study
Community Engagement

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