Boston Barrier plans win backing of port authority

Boston Barrier

The Port of Boston has backed the proposed Boston Barrier and has withdrawn its objection to the Transport and Works Act Order application made by the Environment Agency last August.

This comes after extensive discussions between the Environment Agency and the Port about the proposed Order, which will go to a public inquiry next month.

The multi-million pound Boston Barrier is part of the Boston Combined Strategy that will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to over 17,000 properties in the area.

Boston Barrier Director Adam Robinson said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside the Port of Boston, the statutory Harbour Authority, to secure consent and enable the delivery of such an important scheme for the town of Boston, following the December 2013 tidal surge where many properties and businesses were affected.”

The Port has agreed that the Environment Agency can provide temporary berthing facilities for use by the Boston fishing fleet during construction of the proposed Barrier. They are also working with them to ensure that the sequencing of the Barrier construction works would allow the Port’s operations to continue in a safe and efficient manner throughout the construction programme.

Port of Boston repreentative Neil Harris said: “We have been working closely with the Environment Agency throughout the optioneering and development phases of the Boston Barrier Scheme, and we will continue to work together during the detailed design and construction stage, particularly in relation to ensuring the continued safe navigation of all vessels on the Haven.

“There will be some disruption to navigation during key construction activities, but the Port is confident these can be managed and kept to a minimum through continued partnership working with the Environment Agency and their contractor. Safety of navigation will be a priority at all times.

The Public Inquiry for the proposed Transport and Works Act Order starts on Wednesday 19th April at Boston Barrier Hub, Marsh Lane, Boston, PE21 7PJ.