Why Are We Consulting?
Building a power scheme within the Mersey Estuary could potentially affect the lives of those living close to the scheme through, for example, environmental impacts of construction and operations and pressure on existing community infrastructure. It could also provide new opportunities through jobs, improvements to local infrastructure and facilities, as well as provide a catalyst for inward investment. It would also help to secure local and national energy supplies.
The potential environmental impacts that may occur as a result of the building and operation of the power scheme and any off-site developments include (but are not limited to) potential impacts on: local ecology and wildlife; geology; water and air quality; drainage and flood risk; landscape and visual amenity; archaeology and cultural heritage; rights of way; noise and vibration; and transportation and socio-economic impacts. The nature and scale of the scheme means that it would fall within the scope of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, the Habitats Directive and the Water Framework Directive and are thereby subject to extensive and wide ranging scrutiny.
Purpose of Community Consultation
We want to make sure that local people are aware of and understand the Mersey Tidal Power project. We also want to hear ideas and comments about the project and respond to any concerns people may have.
The key aims of community consultation for this project are:
Timetable for Community Consultation
Three key periods have been identified for community consultation:
The timetable for Rounds Two and Three is undefined as the project is currently on hold, please see the latest press release for more information.