Bridgwater Barrier approved

It has been a long time coming as we reported in our 15 January issue of The Leveller. But this morning Sedgemoor District Council got the nod. A letter from George Eustace approved the Order for the Bridgwater Barrier.

This is the approval needed to construct and operate the barrier. It has been on The DEFRA Secretary of State’s desk since December 2019. It won’t be cheap, cost estimates are currently £99m. But it was part of the package promised by Prime Minister Cameron back in 2014 after two years of floods.

As well as the barrier there will be new flood defences on the River Parrett downstream of the barrier.

Cllr Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council said: “All partners have been working for many years on the preparations for this major engineering project and we are delighted that we are now one step closer to start of construction.

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