Published: 23rd Oct 2018

Rob Stewart has been the leader of Swansea Council since 2014. He spoke to NewStart about how to get the shelved £1.3bn tidal lagoon project back on track, Brexit woes, and his response to accusations there are too many student tower blocks in the city centre. In June, the UK Government rejected proposals for the Swansea tidal lagoon, calling it ‘too expensive’. Is the project dead in the water? It absolutely can still go ahead. The only thing that’s been ruled out is the previous funding model. The lagoon project is still viable but the funding model will need to change. We’re looking at turning it from a solely energy-based project to widening the breadth of it. There’s a task force established at the moment which is being led by Swansea Council. The energy levels of the lagoon allow it to be under the control of the Welsh Government, making … (To read the full article, subscribe below)