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Barrier environmental surveys underway

The Environment Agency is now working on environmental surveys to support the next stage of Boston Barrier construction.

A Transport and Works Act Order application has to be made for the Boston Barrier and environmental surveys will provide a snapshot of what an area is like at the time of surveying and help identify what needs to be done to reduce, or where possible remove, the likely impacts of the scheme on local people and wildlife. 
This month the agency will be monitoring baseline sound levels around the proposed site of the barrier. In April it will begin reptile surveys to see what species are present in the area.
A display about the Boston Barrier has gone on show at Boston Borough Council's offices in West Street. The exhibition - in the atrium area - features a 3D model of the barrier and information panels used in the November 2014 public exhibitions about the project. 
Adam Robinson, Boston Barrier Manager for the Environment Agency, said: "We want to make sure that everyone living in Boston can come and find out more about the project. The exhibition will be on display in Boston Borough Council offices until further notice."
A five-minute video about how the barrier could look and work can be seen at       http://youtu.be/YpGqidXD6kw
Work has started to improve the flood bank at Slippery Gowt on the Boston Haven. The flood defence was damaged by the tidal surge on December 5, 2013 - flooding the landfill site and commercial properties on Riverside Industrial Estate.
As part of the work, the height and width of the bank will be increased. Mark Robinson, Senior Coastal Advisor for the Environment Agency said: "This is good news for the Borough of Boston and we remain committed to working in partnership to reduce the risk of tidal flooding in the town and the surrounding communities." 
The work is expected to take around ten weeks to complete.
Find out about the difference between high tides and tidal surges at http://ow.ly/Kfu2H
‚óŹ  Key project dates
Now - early 2016: Preliminary design of the Barrier, Environmental Impact Assessment and preparation of Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application;
Early 2016 - Summer 2017: TWAO application considered by the Secretary of State - includes time for consultation and public inquiry before decision is made;
Autumn 2017- December 2019: Barrier construction and associated works.
The Boston Barrier project team is available to answer any questions. Contact 
Boston.Barrier@environment-agency.gov.uk or 07747 640663.