Multi-million pound river barrier to protect Broads being considered
Construction of a multi-million pound river barrier to protect The Broads and Great Yarmouth from flooding is to be explored again.
The idea of a barrier on the River Yare was first mooted more than 60 years ago, but has never come to fruition.
But the Environment Agency said the merits or otherwise of such a barrier, or one on the River Bure, would be considered as a new strategy to reduce flood risk was put together.
The Broadland Futures Initiative (BFI) - a partnership between organisations such as the Environment Agency, Broads Authority, councils and Natural England - is looking to devise a new strategy for managing coastal and inland flood risk.
It comes amid sea level rises and more extreme weather, due to climate change and a barrier will form part of the discussions.
Officers said: "Justification for new flood risk management schemes, including physical structures, like barriers, require a rigorous evidence base that demonstrates both that the scheme will be beneficial and feasible and also that the scheme will not have negative impacts.
"A flood barrier is just one approach that will be investigated by the BFI.
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"If funded wholly or in part by central government there are mandatory tests to select the most appropriate flood risk management approach."
The new strategy will enable a business case to be produced to press for more investment from the government.
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The area to be covered by the new strategy includes the full extent of the Broads Authority area and key stretches of the coast which could influence flooding in the Broads, together with Great Yarmouth.
People in those communities are being asked to complete an online survey and visit a virtual exhibition as part of the early stages of the process of putting the strategy together.
Mark Johnson, area coastal manager at the Environment Agency, said: "We want to know what your concerns are relating to the BFI plan area and how you think we should respond to threat of climate change in the medium to long term.”
The link to the virtual exhibition is at https://broadlandfuturesinitiative.virtualeventspace.io while the online survey is at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BFISurvey2021