Boston Barrier gets go ahead

The Environment Agency’s £100 million Boston Barrier flood defence, which will better protect over 14,000 properties from tidal flooding, has been given the go ahead by the Secretary of State Michael Gove, and HM Treasury.

The barrier will feature a moveable gate across the River Witham, together with a new control building to operate the barrier, new flood defence walls on both banks, and a replacement gate across the entrance to the existing Port of Boston wet dock.

The barrier will make Boston one of the best protected areas from flooding outside of flooding.

The Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) has now been approved by the Secretary of State to grant powers to construct and operate the barrier, and work is set to begin in January.

The contract for the project has been awarded to Bam Nuttall and Mott MacDonald joint venture (BMMJV).

The Environment Agency is investing £2.5 billion across the country, which will see 1,500 flood defences reducing risk to 300,000 homes by 2021.

Thérèse Coffey, Environment Minister, said: “Not only is this fantastic news for the 14,000 home and business owners who will be better protected from flooding – Boston’s new state of the art defences will help attract investment, benefitting the wider area.

“This is just one of many flood schemes being built in Lincolnshire and we are investing £229 million over six years to better protect communities across the county.”

Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency, said: “The Boston Barrier scheme is an inspiring example of collaborative work between the Environment Agency, councils, businesses and the local community.

“I am pleased that it will help to protect more than 14,000 homes and businesses from the kind of flooding the town experienced in December 2013. I look forward to the finished scheme.”

Allan Rogers, BMMJV framework director, said: “We are looking forward to delivering this innovative flood protection scheme.

“We have a proven track record of success having recently completed phase one of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme.”

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