03 October 2009
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.