In July 2020 the project was awarded £43m from the Government as part of the Green Recovery fund. This, added to funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Flood Defence Grand in Aid, Local Levy contributions, funding from the Department of Education and contributions from Suffolk County Council and East Suffolk Council means that the project is funded and able to move to construction.
Construction on the river and surface water phases of the project are already in progress. Construction of the tidal flood walls begins later in 2020.
The tidal barrier requires a Transport Works Act Order. This is granted by the Secretary of State and is needed when construction can change or affect navigation. A TWAO can take up to two years to be approved but we are working with our partners and stakeholders to make sure that we address concerns as early as possible.
To complete this work and to enable us to go ahead with the project we will of course need to work closely with local communities, businesses and organisations. Public consultations will be held at various points during the project. There will be opportunities for people to get involved or to be kept informed about how things are progressing.
Details of forthcoming consultations can be found here.