Swansea Council should carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment before allowing motorcycle racing on Swansea Beach

(Letter to the South Wales Evening Post)

Sir,

When one of our elected representatives risks unpopularity in such a public way we should consider their comments carefully, not dismiss them out of hand (‘MP wants brakes on racing as city gears up for bonanza’; page 3, Saturday 21 January)

If Council Leader Chris Holley believes that local MP Geraint Davies is wrong to claim that the proposed motorcycle event on Swansea Beach will be “an environmental disaster”, he can prove his case quite easily.

Swansea Council should carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prior to the event, publish the results and explain how the event fits into the environmental strategies of both Swansea and the Welsh Government.

Swansea Council’s own ‘Pre-Application Advice’ for planning applications states, “Proposals which are likely to give rise to significant environmental effects must be accompanied by an environmental statement. … The preparation of an Environmental Statement ensures that the impacts of a development are fully understood and taken into account before the development is allowed to proceed.”  (My emphasis)

Surely the Council’s own rules apply to them equally as much as to anyone else?

Yours,

Keith M Ross, Swansea Green Party

Notes: In response to this article: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/MP-wants-brakes-racing-city-gears-bonanza/story-14994663-detail/story.html

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