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Consultation shows support for Bridgwater Tidal Barrier

Public feedback about possible locations for a Bridgwater Tidal Barrier is analysed in a new report.

The “Bridgwater Tidal Barrier Scheme Short List of Options – Consultation Response” reveals general support for the idea of building a surge barrier across the River Parrett and a preference for a site to the north of Bridgwater, 500 metres upstream of Dunball Wharf. This site is known as Site 4.

Of the 78 people who gave responses to the public consultation last Autumn, 44 people favoured Site 4 – while 13 opted for Site 5, which is very close to Express Park. See the map below (text continues after map).

Map showing 7 initial locations considered for Bridgwater Tidal Barrier, from Consultation Report of June 2016
The seven initial locations considered for a Bridgwater Tidal Barrier, now narrowed down to Sites 4 and 5


The report compares different locations. It states: “Site 4 is a large barrier but could minimise overall flood risk to north Bridgwater, maximising opportunities for future growth. There are no space constraints to construction and there is a large storage volume in the channel upstream. The estimated total project costs are £65-80 million.

“Site 5 has no major disadvantages except the proximity to commercial development at Express Park and residential development at Chilton Trinity. It would work effectively for flood risk management and we consider that the environmental impacts can be mitigated. The estimated total project costs are £45-60 million.”

A further update about the Bridgwater Tidal Barrier is being given to the Board of Somerset Rivers Authority (SRA) on Wednesday, 8 February. The SRA is using Growth Deal money from Heart of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership to support the initial phases of this scheme, which will protect around 10,000 homes and 600 businesses. Click to read the Bridgwater Tidal Barrier update.

More detailed assessments of Sites 4 and 5 are being made. Public consultation about the final preferred option will be held in summer 2017.
If you would like to get in touch please contact us at sra@somerset.gov.uk or tel: 01823 355111
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