Tidal barrier concerns

An impression of how the Boston tidal barrier could look An impression of how the Boston tidal barrier could look

Revised proposals for a tidal barrier on the River Witham at Boston in Lincolnshire could significantly limit navigation.

That’s according to the Inland Waterways Association, which admits a tidal surge barrier is required, the current plan for construction and operation of the barrier could make navigation more hazardous.

The organisation has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with its concerns.

These include lack of detail about water flows, a risk of collision due to a limited line of sight due to the location of the barrier and because the flows and eddies that may make controlling lower powered boats harder.

In addition, the proposed minimum 18m width of the channel that would bypass the works could lead to high flows at some tidal conditions and close the navigation on occasions during construction, to the detriment of the commercial fishing fleet and leisure users.

Gren Messham, trustee and chairman of IWA’s navigation committee, explained: “IWA considers that 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.”

Up to early 2015, plans for the barrier included a parallel lock and improvements to the water front in Boston which the IWA says could have mitigated these concerns.

Latest Press Releases

Experts Highlight Viable Power and Propulsion Solutions for Next Generation Vessels

Lithium-ion battery expert Dr John Warner is presenting at the NEXT GENERATION Marine Power & Propul... Read more

SailForce Announce Their Upcoming 2018 Regional Trade Events

Hosting four regional trade shows over seven days and covering nearly 1,400 miles is not for the fei... Read more

SMG launches Meet The Manufacturers Event

SMG are delighted to be launching SMG Meet The Manufacturers 2018. This Trade Only event for the Mar... Read more

Mercator Media upgrades magazines and conferences brands

February 2018 Fareham UK - Mercator Media Ltd, the international, market-leading B2B marine media bu... Read more

Entries are Open for Poole Regatta 2018

Entries are now open for Poole Regatta 2018. Read more

Three New Sponsors for Poole Regatta 2018

Poole Regatta 2018 has been given a further boost with the announcement of Bronze sponsorship agreem... Read more

View all