Boston Barrier cash part of Government flood defence package


The Government’s £73 million funding towards the cost of Boston’s new flood barrier is included in a package of measures announced by the Treasury today.

The money, which will help fund the £100 million project, had already been agreed but forms one of 1,400 flood defence projects that the Government says will protect 300,000 homes across the country.

An Environment Agency spokesman confirmed that today’s announcement offers ‘nothing new’ in detail about the barrier, which is under a consultation period with the public until December 10.

It is hoped to obtain permission to go ahead with the scheme from the Secretary of State next Autumn, with a view to starting construction in 2017.

Anyone who wants to have their say on the plans for the barrier, set to be installed just east of the Black Sluice Lock, can visit the Environment Agency’s website or view of copy of the plans at Boston Borough Council’s offices in West Street.