The Bridgwater Tidal Barrage is to be constructed within the next few years we understand – and it will change the River Parrett for ever. No more muddy banks revealed at low tide and potentially the end of major flooding in the town and surrounding villages. River craft will be able to pass up stream and into the town providing a new marine based tourism. But the nature of the tidal barrier is yet to be defined. Should it carry a road and a possible bypass? Should it have lock gates so large ships can enter from the Bristol Channel so Bridgwater could host events like the Tall Ships Festival? Potentially it could transform the Levels into a vast network of inland water ways and provide sustainable employment for thousands of people. Whatever the plans - it is going to happen and readers and residents must be part of the decision. Email your views on the idea to

Harry Mottram