Over 14,000 properties affected. HM Treasury and Secretary of State Michael Gove have approved plans for Lincolnshire’s Boston Barrier flood defence project.
The Environment Agency’s Boston Barrier, which will prevent tidal flooding from affecting over 14,000 properties, will feature a moveable fate across the Haven, as the River Witham is locally known, along with a control building to operate it, new flood protection walls on both banks, and a new gate to replace the one currently across the entrance to the Port of Boston wet dock.
The £100m defence barrier will make Boston one of the best-fortified cities against flooding outside of the capital. The Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) has been approved by the Secretary of State, granting power to build and operate the barrier, and construction is scheduled to begin in the New Year.
Thérèse Coffey, the Environment Minister, said that the approval was great news for the 14,000 people who owned homes or businesses that will now enjoy stronger defense against flooding.
The new protections will also benefit the wider area by helping to attract investment. The Boston Barrier is one of many flood schemes in progress in Lincolnshire and £229 million is being invested to better protect communities in the county.