Published: January 27, 2009
Burnham's MP set to hold public meeting about barrage proposals

Burnham-On-Sea's MP is considering holding a public meeting to discuss local concerns about plans to build a Severn Barrage stretching from Brean Down to Wales.

David Heathcoat-Amory's proposal comes a day after a short-list of five schemes was announced by the government, as covered here.

Two of the schemes, the Brean to Lavernock Barrage (pictured here) and the Bridgwater Bay Lagoon, would affect residents in the Burnham area.

The MP says he will organise a meeting with experts form the Department of Energy and Climate Change if local people want it.

He told "The Brean to Lavenock barrage is still the front runner. It would cost nearly £21 billion which would make it the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Britain."

"It would affect thousands of my constituents and I am determined that their voices are heard. I will ensure that all comments – pro or anti – are taken into account."

"It is also important that other smaller schemes, and rival technologies, are properly considered. If there is demand I propose to hold a public meeting to be attended by experts from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Details will be announced later."

Mr Heathcoat-Amory attended the ministerial barrage launch in the House of Commons and says he asked questions about flood prevention, economic regeneration, and the need for ministers to listen to local views in the Burnham area.

Public consultation on the proposals will last for three months until 23rd April. To take part, click here.


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