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Secretary of State told of council support for barrier

Boston Borough Council has confirmed to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs its support for the £100 million Boston Barrier construction.

It has encouraged the earliest possible commencement and completion of the barrier to reduce the flood risk to more than 14,000 homes and businesses.

The response says: "We are pleased to see that the Environment Agency has demonstrated its careful consideration of matters such as safe navigation and fluvial flooding scenarios in the extensive and detailed design and planning."

The council commits to working with the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council, internal drainage boards, business and industry, river users and residents.

In its response the council said it was pleased that proposal are such that should future technical and financial opportunity arise to facilitate water level management - control of the tidal river through the town centre between the barrier and Grand Sluice, the design is such that it can accommodate this.

The response added: "The Fens Waterways Link enhancement project has huge regeneration, growth, tourism and environmental potential and it is to be applauded that this prospect is advanced by future-proofing the barrier design.

Cabinet members acknowledged concerns by some river users and agreed to assist in signposting to be sure their comments were registered with the Secretary of State who would make the final decision on whether a public inquiry was necessary.

The Environment Agency has asked the Secretary of State to grant powers to construct and operate the Boston Barrier through a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO).

Copies of the submitted TWAO documents have been published and the public has the opportunity to give its views on the proposals.

The TWAO, if granted, would allow the construction of a new tidal barrier with a moveable gate across the River Witham and a new building to enable operation of the barrier. It would also authorise  the construction of new flood defence walls on both banks of the Haven, a replacement gate across the entrance to the existing Port Wet Dock and enable the Agency to execute ancillary works, including dredging of the river.

Copies of the relevant documents are available to view on the Environment Agency's consultation site:

Any objections to, or other representations about, the proposals in the application for the proposed order should be sent to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit, General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR, (e-mail: on or before Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Any objections to, or other representations about, the proposal in the application for listed building consent should be sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, c/o Boston Borough Council, Development Control, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE21 8QR (email: on or before Wednesday, October 5, 2016.