Fulham residents say NO to super sewer

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Fulham residents say NO to super sewer

Friday February 10, 2012

L-R: Cllr Nick Botterill, H&F Council Leader Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, SSF campaigner Ann Rosenberg and Thames Water's Phil Stride

Fulham residents delivered more than 2,500 consultation responses to Thames Water today making it clear that the community is united in its opposition to Carnwath Road being used as the main west London super sewer construction site.

Local residents and school children joined senior Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) councillors to hand over the questionnaires to Thames Water’s Phil Stride this morning (Feb 10).

Local community groups, working together under the Stop them Shafting Fulham (SSF) banner, have campaigned tirelessly since November to alert other local residents to the danger of letting Thames Water’s plans go ahead unchecked.

Thames Water’s own consultation response document was unintelligible and deterred people from responding according to the campaigners but SSF designed a new simplified form – which was approved by Thames Water – and has resulted in hundreds of responses flooding in.

SSF campaigner Ann Rosenberg said: “When Thames Water presented their plans to local residents in December they told us that only 130 people had responded to their consultation. Today we have collected over 2,500 responses making it quite clear that we do not want the sewer dumped on us.

“The idea of a massive construction site running 24/7 for 6 years, flooding our community with noise and dust is horrifying. The area is already badly congested but this project would see at least 29,000 extra HGVs on our narrow residential roads risking the safety of the 4,500 children who go to school within 1,500 metres of the site.”

The human cost of the Thames Tunnel 'super sewer' plans for south Fulham will be too high and too much for local people to bear if they are not reversed, according to H&F Council.

In a stark warning the council’s deputy leader has spoken out against Thames Water’s plans to dump the main west London construction site – which will be the size of six football pitches – on the tight-knit residential community around Carnwath Road.

Cllr Nick Botterill has warned that the elderly, vulnerable and the young will be the hardest hit by the major construction site which will operate 24 hours a day for at-least six years.

Thames Water is owned by Australian bank Macquarie and water industry finance experts have said the value of Thames Water as a company could rise by 40% if the sewer plans go ahead. Current regulations encourage water companies to build their way out of problems rather than consider greener, more sustainable options - according to Professor Colin Green, who is a national expert on water economics.

Cllr Botterill says: “The densely packed residential area around Fulham's precious riverside is not suitable for the main super sewer construction site and school children and vulnerable residents should not be put at risk to boost profits for Australian bankers - especially when there are far less disruptive options available.”

Annette Dobson, Headmistress of Thomas' School on Hugon Road, said: “Even the youngest pupil in my school, and they start aged four years old, is intelligent enough to know that the preferred choice for a main drive shaft for this massive engineering project cannot be here at Carnwath Road.

“The proposed site is adjacent to people's homes, near children's schools, on top of people’s places of work and alongside an already congested road. It is plain and simple madness.”

For more visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/supersewer.

H&F Council Leader Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh and pupils from St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School

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"..the Thames Tunnel HAS to be built. Stop wasting taxpayers money on useless protest" There are far cheaper, more elegant and cost effective alternatives which will come in at one tenth of the brutal borehole (and be onstream FIVE YEARS BEFORE IT) and have superceded its use, even the Professor who originally chaired the proposal for a tunnel is trying to warn us, the mug ratepayers who will start paying in 2013, for a project that WONT WORK UNTIL 2020- £700 EACH- £500,000,000 EXTRA if the site moves to Carnwath- Oh, and B.E. residents get to carry on leaving their poo in the water - how poetic- If sense prevails,it won`t be egg you will be smelling of...
From Carnwath Defender on 22/03/2012 at 17:10
... paralysed with traffic from 28,000 huge truck movements day and night for the duration, asthmatics, children, elderly, and severely disabled people will be choking with the pollution and noise that this will generate, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for seven years, oh yes, we will remember you Thames Water and the IFINIMBYs of Barn Elms, - I`m All For It - Not In My Back Yard... Una, is that where you live by any chance? In your eagerness, perhaps you`d like to swap keys with one of theses families for seven years?
From Carnwath Defender on 22/03/2012 at 17:08
Pointless project to help a foreign company take our residents' money, for no gain to the residents whatsoever.

Spend the 5bn on grants for people to install rain water harvesters on their houses. Then we all save money on water bills, less goes out of the country to these greedy foreign companies, and the storm water is stored for later. Problem solved.

When will public organisations start evaluating these kinds of proprosals through the eyes of greedy corporate shareholders?

When public organisations start paying attention to the motivation behind these kinds of proposals (i.e. more money for greedy corporations) they may begin to see the ridiculous proportion of bias, partial truths, misinterpreted statistics and outright lies in every part of the justifications put forth.

Q What is in it for them?
A Loads of money
Therefore treat everything about it with skepticism

Q Is there a better way to solve the root problem?
A Yes there are lots of ways
From Dennis Mitchell on 29/02/2012 at 14:56
I do not think the super sewer should be built because it will cause the air to smell. There will be a lot more trucks driving around London to deliver the parts for the super sewer causing a greater risk of global warming and will cause traffic for residents of london.
There will be building 24/7 for 7 years.
From Jonny on 25/02/2012 at 14:18
I don't see why Thames Water have to build a sewer in the middle of London. We have no hurricane's or tornado's in London. This is not going to help the drainage of basements, the only thing to help that is to clear the drains by the roadside which get clogged up with debris. Years ago when the drains were cleared on a regular basis there was no flooding. If Thames Water want to do this when does the people have to pay for it. They make enough profit from their charges as it is. I am against it.
From Fulham tenant on 16/02/2012 at 17:23
I wonder how much information people have to base their opinions? The Super Sewer is not for sewage at all. It is to cope with storm water - and how often do we, in the driest part of the UK - SE England, have storms? Other European cities have found solutions to this problem and solutions that do not cost in excess of £5bn pounds. And this money will come out of the pockets of the 8 million people - for ever- in the Thames Water area - most of whom will get no benefit from the biggest engineering project in Europe. Think about it - £5bn to deal with rainwater which we should be harvesting,not wasting.Its an old fashioned solution which will pay handsome dividends to the shareholders of Thames Water. In the 21st. century we should be seeking more sophisticated technology to deal with sewage rather than discharging it into the nearest river which our ancestors did. There are alternative solutions which will benefit the citizens of London and the city for years to come. We need to discuss the whole project and and chose a solution which will benefit everyone without the threat of reducing the most vulnerable members of the population to water poverty.
From ann rosenberg on 15/02/2012 at 13:16
Mr Botterill, Mr Greenhalgh and the "Cabinet" of Hammersmith and Fulham are going to be left with egg on their faces when the worst happens, and Thames Water decides for good engineering reasons, and with the full backing of the Government, that Carnwath Road is the best place to sink on of the boring machines for the Thames Tunnel.
I am sorry for the residents around the Hurlingham Wharf and Carnwath Road. But the Thames Tunnel HAS to be built. Stop wasting taxpayers money on useless protest.
From Una Hodgkins on 11/02/2012 at 19:34


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