On Wednesday, Councillor Aaron Spencer, Leader of Boston Borough Council, accompanied Chief Executive, Phil Drury, on a tour of the new Boston Barrier development, with Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of Environment Agency; Adam Robinson, Project Director for the Barrier Project and other senior project partners.
The Boston Barrier project is a partnership between the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire County Council, Boston Borough Council and Black Sluice Internal Drainage Board. The project is a key part of the Boston Combined Strategy which, once all works are complete, will reduce the risk of tidal flooding to over 14,000 properties in Boston.
It is one of the biggest civil engineering projects the town has ever seen, with over £100 million invested to better protect Boston from tidal flooding.
The scheme forms part of the Boston Combined Strategy, a 100 year strategic approach to flood risk management in the town of Boston. The strategy identified a multi-functional barrier as the best solution for addressing flood risk management and waterway objectives in Boston.
Once complete, the barrier and works to the flood defences downstream, will provide Boston with one of the best levels of protection for tidal flooding outside of London.
Councillor Aaron Spencer, Leader of Boston Borough Council said: “The Boston Barrier project is a significant investment for our historic town, providing security and safety against tidal surges for the town.
“It was an honour to meet the Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, along with the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, Sir James Bevan, welcoming them to Boston as they observed the progress being made.
“The risk of flooding is a significant priority for our town, and protecting the residents will always be the priority of both myself and the Council, which is why I am so passionate about this significant development.
“I’m keen to explore possibilities of further developments the barrier project could enable at a later date, including water-level management strategies, which would enable us to provide additional tourism and rejuvenation to the historic town centre.”