of proposed tidal barrier in River Parrett is announced
location of a new tidal barrier to be built in the River Parrett
several miles upstream from Burnham-On-Sea has been announced this
District Council has identified the site of the new tidal barrier
following a period of public consultation.
Faun, council spokeswoman, said: "Following the consultation
that was held last autumn, which looked at two potential sites for
the proposed Bridgwater Barrier, all responses have now been considered."
"Following a technical assessment and the consideration of
all points raised, site 5 between Express Park and Chilton Trinity
village has been selected as the optimum site for the Tidal Barrier."
optimum design for the barrier is a structure with two vertical
"The next steps are to develop ideas for the appearance of
the barrier and landscaping. These ideas will be put out to consultation
for anyone to have their say in the late summer/early autumn."
added that during the consultation period, social media posts were
viewed over 3,700 times and approximately 150 people attended the
meetings and events held for the public, stakeholders and local
businesses. "A total of 78 responses to the consultation were
received indicating that there is continued support for a barrier.
Over half of the 78 responses favoured this site as the preferred
location for the barrier," she added.
reasons for selecting the location have been identified. "We
have the greatest confidence of achieving the permissions for construction
at this location and it is the least cost site. It leaves the narrowest
point in the river available for any future road crossing and northern
are several access points available for construction, to help manage
disruption. There is less risk of unpredictable siltation issues
near Dunball Wharf, which would require costly maintenance dredging."
fits with aspirations in Sedgemoor District Council's Green Network
Plan for a pedestrian bridge linking Chilton Trinity with Express
Park. This aligns with the principles and aims of the Bridgwater
construction of a tidal barrier is a key component of the 20-year
flood action plan for Somerset. The Environment Agency and Sedgemoor
District Council are working in partnership to deliver the barrier
by 2024, subject to funding and approvals.