Gloucestershire County Council are being lead headlong into a mire by misinformation about the proposed Severn barrage. Barry Dare, Council leader, is being misinformed and in turn is misleading people. He seems to be under the impression that a barrage would produce cheap electricity. Any electricity produced from a barrage would be very expensive. The study prepared by the National Trust and nine others NGOs released last week, states any electricity would be very expensive and would equate to bigger bills for all. Gloucester County Council should be calling on the Government to spend money earmarked for the Severn on a ‘Green Energy Zone’ - micro generation and insulation for all, encourage ‘Green Technology’ to the area, boost the regions economy and importantly provide proper flood management for Glos and Tewks. Studies have shown that a barrage would increase the chances of flooding in Glos and Tewks by reducing the rivers capacity to transport water away. It would also increase flooding down stream. Who would pay for dealing with this? A barrage is not suitable for the silty Severn and not the way to reach 15% renewables by 2020 there are cheaper better ways. Experts believe even the feasibility study is a waste of money especially as it being undertaken by one of companies proposing a barrage.
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