Matt Warman MP yesterday questioned the Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss MP, about plans for the forthcoming Boston Barrier.
Speaking during a Commons statement about the recent flooding in the north of England, Matt highlighted the high flood risk faced by Boston and the consequences of the tidal surge which hit the town in 2013. He asked the Secretary of State to review plans for the forthcoming Boston Barrier, to ensure that it will both protect Boston from flooding, and provide the town with economic benefits, which are much needed after devastating flooding.
The Environment Secretary agreed that the Barrier is of great importance to both local businesses in Boston and for farmers in the surrounding area, and noted that she has met with local internal drainage boards to discuss plans for Lincolnshire flood defences.
Matt said, “I know how much devastation flooding can cause, and my sympathies are currently with those in the North of England who have been most recently affected. Many people in Boston are still living with the consequences of the 2013 flooding, so I welcomed confirmation from the Environment Secretary that she appreciates both the environmental and economic importance of the Boston Barrier. I look forward to receiving updates on plans for the Barrier and working with local groups, Boston Borough Council and the Environment Agency to ensure that it works in the interests of as many people locally as possible.”
Matt’s question can be read in full via the following link: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151207/debtext/151207-0001.htm#15120711000589