Boston barrier a ‘risk to navigation’
A RIVER BARRIER planned to protect Boston from tidal flooding does not deal adequately with risks to boats, and misses an opportunity to improve the town and its waterways, according to the Inland Waterways Association.
The IWA response to the Transport & Works Act Order accepts the need for the barrier, but says its impact on navigation is “inaccurately set out and inadequately mitigated”. In particular: Plans for the barrier to be used to maintain a navigable level with a new lock alongside it (as is the case, for example, at Richmond on the Thames) have been dropped from the proposals, missing the chance to improve access to the Fens Link and develop the town’s riverside. The position of the barrier will create fast flows and make navigation hazardous The width of the bypass channel provided during construction is inadequate Siting it on a bend will lead to risk of collision The Order would give the Environment Agency unlimited powers to limit the right of navigation in the vicinity.
IWA Navigation Committee’s Chairman Gren Messham, said: “In the absence of firm and detailed proposals to address and mitigate navigational risk, and given the concerns of local individuals, organisations and regulatory bodies, there is insufficient evidence to allow the Order to proceed without further investigation.”