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MERSEY TIDAL BARRAGE SCHEME BACK ON THE CARDS


03 October 2009

Peel Energy, part of the major development company who owns Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Manchester's Trafford Centre and most of the Mersey Docks system, has resurrected the idea for a tidal barrage to be built across the Mersey estuary.  And one of the sites being considered is from New Ferry!

Residents who were around in the early 1990s may remember that proposals were announced for a barrage across the River Mersey by another organisation.  Although only a suggestion at that time, the plans showed the barrage being constructed from Shorefields over to Otterspool.  Residents were alarmed that the plans suggested the total obliteration of our foreshore, and were even more concerned when the developer suggested that a road deck could be built over the top of the barrage as a new "Mersey crossing".  The implications of this would have been unthinkable for the residents of Shorefields.  Fortunately, the scheme was quietly shelved.

However, it appears that senior executives from Peel Energy have been consulting with the Mersey Basin Campaign and other agencies regarding a new proposal.  Peel are also behind the plans for multi-million pound developments at the so-called Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters, so this latest proposal of their's should be taken a little more seriously. 

At this stage, Peel are only looking into the feasibility of a scheme.  It is understood there are a number of different options and sites being considered.  However, New Ferry residents should be aware that, once again, one of the possible sites being discussed is New Ferry to Otterspool.

With all the latest politically correct rhetoric on climate change meaning that our government is encouraging the development of new electricity generating schemes considered to be more environmentally friendly than traditional fossil fuel burning generators, it looks as if this tidal barrage scheme could come to fruition within the next decade.

Take a look at the presentations which Peel have been giving from the Mersey Tidal Power website.

Whilst not necessarily opposed to the idea of harnessing the power of the Mersey tide, we will be keeping a careful eye on developments and how they could potentially affect New Ferry's foreshore.

 

     
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