IWA West Country Branch

27 February 2020

A letter has been submitted to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out our objections to and representations on the application made by the Environment Agency for a Transport & Works Act Order.

Whilst we generally support the construction of the proposed Tidal Barrier and the long term benefits that should be secured for the residents and businesses of Bridgwater, more needs to be done to protect and maintain the existing right of navigation on the river.

There is also an opportunity to enhance the river for navigation purposes above the barrier. We believe that the Tidal Barrier, as currently proposed by the Environment Agency, will have adverse implications for navigation over the long term, which is likely to be for at least 100 years and probably much longer.