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3D models bring barrier to life

People in Boston and the surrounding area will get their first glimpse of how the new Boston Barrier may look next month.

Exhibitions will take place across the town to give people the chance to see new 3D models of the barrier and ask any questions they may have about the project.

Mark Robinson, Senior Coastal Advisor for the Environment Agency said: "This is a very exciting time in the development of the barrier and we want people to come along and find out more. We've used the latest technology to produce these amazing 3D models which really help to bring to life how the barrier may look.

The exhibitions are also a great opportunity to ask us any questions and to find out how the barrier will benefit Boston for years to come."

People attending the exhibitions will be able to see two models of the barrier. There will be a 3D plastic model of the preliminary design and a 3D computer-generated flyover of the proposed barrier site. Neither of these models have been seen before.

Exhibitions are being held at the following venues and are open for people to drop in at any time during the day.

● Wednesday, November 5, noon to 7pm at St Thomas' Church Hall, London Road, Boston PE21 7EJ

● Thursday, November 6, 10am to 5.30pm at St Nicholas Community Centre, Fishtoft Road, Boston PE21 0DJ

● Tuesday, November 11, noon to 7pm, Black Sluice Lock Keepers Cottages, The Black Sluice, Boston PE21 7RA.

Anyone who is unable to make one of the exhibitions can still send questions to Boston.Barrier@environment-agency.gov.uk

The exhibitions coincide with a public consultation which is being held from October 30 to December 10, 2014 to identify any potential issues around building and operating the barrier. These may include comments or concerns about navigation, heritage assets, noise and vibration, visual amenity, and biodiversity amongst other issues.

An initial consultation was held in 2011 but there have been some significant changes to the project since. To take part in the consultation, visit https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/portal/areas/ne/flood/boston/barrier

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A copy of the consultation is also available to view at:

● Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE21 8QR.

● The Environment Agency, Waterside House, Waterside North, Lincoln LN2 5HA.

Cllr Peter Bedford, Leader of Boston Borough Council said: "This is the next step in the process and I would like to urge everyone to attend one of the three events to find out more about the scheme and the benefits the barrier will give to Boston."

The £90.2 million Boston Barrier is currently expected to start construction in 2017 and be completed by December 2019. It will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to over 20,000 properties in the town.