January 27, 2009
Burnham's MP set to hold
public meeting about barrage proposals
MP is considering holding a public meeting to discuss local concerns
about plans to build a Severn Barrage stretching from Brean Down
Heathcoat-Amory's proposal comes a day after a short-list of five
schemes was announced by the government, as covered here.
of the schemes, the Brean to Lavernock Barrage (pictured here)
and the Bridgwater Bay Lagoon, would affect residents in the Burnham
MP says he will organise a meeting with experts form the Department
of Energy and Climate Change if local people want it.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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
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."
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."
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.
consultation on the proposals will last for three months until
23rd April. To take part, click