January 18, 2011
begins on Port Authority's Steart mudflats project
to deliberately flood an area of coastline near Burnham-On-Sea
in order to create 296 acres of new mudflats have been formally
unveiled this week at the start of a period of public consultation.
It comes after Bristol Port Authority recently gained planning
consent to build a huge new container terminal in Avonmouth to
accommodate larger ships.
Because constructing the new container terminal will involve
reclaming some of the foreshore on which birds currently feed
and roost, the Port has been requested to create at least 120
hectares of new 'compensatory habitat' for wetland birds and other
The port company is therefore proposing to create a new 296-acre
area of mudflats at Steart Point, close to Burnham-On-Sea, and
improve the area's flood defences. If planning approval is given,
the scheme could be built in 2012.
Environment Agency is also looking at creating new wetlands to
improve flood defences in the same area near to where Bristol
Port Authority is looking.
Bids for funding the agency's £20m scheme are currently
being put to the government and other organisations.
Bristol Port Authority's Sue Turner said: "We are in the
early stages of designing this scheme and we are very keen to
get local people's input. We have already had some discussions
with land owners, local authorities and residents and have engaged
with regulators and NGOs who have an interest in the proposals."
Bristol Port's new container terminal will be able to accommodate
the world's largest deep-sea ships that currently cannot enter
the existing Avonmouth port.
To give feedback on the scheme, contact The Bristol Port Company
at St Andrews House, St Andrews Road, Avonmouth, BS11
9DQ, or by calling 0117 982 0000 or e-mailing email@example.com