A public drop-in session about a proposed tidal surge barrier for Bridgwater is being held at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Thursday, 10 March, between 2pm and 7pm.
People are invited to give their views on a scheme which could protect approximately 10,000 properties and over 600 businesses for the next 100 years or more.
The Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District Council are working together on the project, supported by Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA).
The aim is to have a barrier in place by 2024. The estimated cost is £27-30million.
Consultants CH2MHill were recently appointed by the Environment Agency and Sedgemoor to look at a range of possible locations, gate arrangements and operating regimes for a barrier. An 18-month study will cover the management of water levels, silt and navigation and assess environmental benefits and impacts.
The drop-in session in Bridgwater Arts Centre is the first of a series of information events designed to give people chance to contribute their thoughts and opinions
The project team is looking forward to getting the conversation going.
A tidal surge barrier for Bridgwater has long been proposed, but the programme for its delivery was accelerated after the 2013/14 flooding on the Somerset Levels. The picture shows an earlier vision of key elements of a tidal barrier.