Flood plans go on display

FURTHER details of the £50 million solution to Ipswich's flood fears were being outlined today as officials prepare to install new lockgates at the entrance to the Wet Dock.

FURTHER details of the £50 million solution to Ipswich's flood fears were being outlined today as officials prepare to install new lockgates at the entrance to the Wet Dock.

As revealed by the Evening Star earlier this year, the Environment Agency has given the go-ahead for a major flood protection scheme around the Waterfront.

Members of the public were able to visit an exhibition about the flood scheme at the Town Hall until 7pm tonight.

Dafydd Evans, Area Manager Environment Agency Eastern said: 'This project is key in our plans to reduce flood risk to Ipswich. It is vital that everyone has the opportunity to learn more about the project and to share their views. Our technical staff will be on-hand to answer any questions and we would encourage people to come along'.

Paul West, Ipswich Council's Transport spokesman said: “This is a very big step forward in the protection of Ipswich from flooding and we are delighted to be working so closely with the Environment Agency on this major project.”

New gates are due to be fitted at the wet dock over the weekend - a week later than planned because of the collapse of a crane during operations.

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Remaining work is expected to start in the summer of 2009 on the first phase of the scheme which will see river banks being raised near Bath Street and near the Wet Dock entrance.

A tidal surge barrier similar in design to the Thames barrier will be constructed across the River Orwell at the New Cut, opposite the Island site and is expected to be in operation during 2012.