Bosses behind the £1.5bn Lagoon Hull project have been grilled by the public in a social media Q&A this afternoon.
Supporters say the scheme would provide a major long-term boost for the city by helping to create 14,000 jobs, reducing congestion and ensuring enhanced long-term flood protection.
They also claim it could add an extra £1bn a year into the region’s economy through improved productivity.
Lagoon Hull would include an 11km-long, four-lane road built out into the Humber Estuary, providing a route for traffic travelling across Hull.
The road would create a calm water lagoon, forming a new destination for waterfront living, working and visiting, and also deliver vital flood protection for the city.
The development would create a new outer harbour to expand the existing Port of Hull, providing new quayside space to support the Humber’s low carbon ambitions.
On Tuesday afternoon, members of the public were invited to ask questions about the £1.5bn project on social media platform Twitter.
Topics ranged from the environmental impact of Lagoon Hull and its benefits to the region, to how long the project could take to deliver.
Here’s what Lagoon organisers said when challenged on the proposal.
How soon can it be built?
“Once funding is in place, we estimate approximately five years of technical studies and consenting, followed by a further five to build.”
Have any early assessments been done around environmental impact/benefits?
“So far, only high-level assessments have been carried out.
“We think there is some opportunity for important environmental benefits and we are currently planning important engagement with various regional wildlife groups.”
Will the people of Hull be able to attend any future meetings/hearings?
“We don’t see why not! Public backing is essential to the success of this project and we’ll always keep you updated with our events via social and the email newsletter.
“The public can sign up to the newsletter by signing the pledge. https://lagoonhull.co.uk/support .”
Can I become more directly involved at this stage or will I be able to in the future in a voluntary role?
“At this stage, the most important thing is to keep the conversation about Lagoon going – whether that’s on social media, with friends, or at work.
“We also love to hear feedback and appreciate any kind of public input. There’ll be more info on this in the future.”
Will the Lagoon create a fully non-tidal eco system in and around the River Hull and what subsequent additional flood defences will be needed along its banks?
“It will. In terms of the flood defences, we would expect the existing flood defences to be retained, as they are sufficient.”
Will you be able to access it by walking or only by car?
“We plan to have a cycle path and footpath all the way around the lagoon.”
Did you consider including tidal energy in the lagoon scheme? If so, what’s the reason for not doing that?
“We have considered this, but the tidal range on the Humber is seven metres…current UK projects on the west coast are anywhere between 12-14.
“In our research, we concluded that there are more economic benefits in creating a waterfront than generating power. That being said, we are looking into the possibility of a tidal stream.”
When will we see an environmental impact report? Great for Hull but what about surrounding area?
“There are further technical studies which need to happen before a full environmental assessment can take place. This is because the former will inform the latter. A fully-complete environmental report would be possible by 2023.
“This project isn’t just a project for Hull, it’s about all of the Humber region.
“The Lagoon will offer flood defence benefits for the whole of the estuary and is a key driver for new renewables clusters and employment opportunities on both sides of the water.”
How will water, sediment and nutrients exit the River Hull, through the Humber and out to sea? How will wildlife (fish, seals etc) get between the Humber and Hull?
“At every tide, a large amount of water will pass between the river and lagoon to maintain water quality.
“This is known as tidal interchange. This process will allow wildlife to move freely, and a fish pass will be constructed for the benefit of migrating fish etc.”
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