Residents are encouraged to take part in a consultation launched by Thames Water about its proposals for a major new sewer to help reduce the risk of flooding in Hammersmith & Fulham.
The Counters Creek Storm Relief Scheme would run the length of the borough, close to the border with Kensington & Chelsea. It involves digging a new four-metre-wide tunnel, 40 metres below the ground, to store rain water during storms and protect basements from flooding.
The 5km storm relief sewer would be connected to the existing sewer network and would require construction sites at five locations, including three in Hammersmith & Fulham.
The main site would be the car park of the Kensington Olympia exhibition centre, where Thames Water would dig two 15-metre-wide drive shafts. These would allow for the tunnel to be dug in two directions, north and south, at the same time. Construction work would last around three and a half years, from late 2016 to early 2020.
The second site would be at the Five Star Car Wash at the top of Shepherds Bush Road, close to Shepherds Bush Green, where Thames Water intends to create a connection to the Hammersmith storm relief sewer and a local sewer in Goldhawk Road. Work would last around 18 months, from winter 2017 to summer 2019.
The third site would be a small grassed area at the corner of Mund Street and North End Road in Fulham, where local storm flows would be diverted into the new sewer. Work would last for 21 months, from winter 2017 to summer 2019.
Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Residents’ Services, said: “This proposal is for a major new storm relief sewer running the length of our borough and it is important that residents have their say.
“I’d encourage anyone whose home may be vulnerable to flooding, or who lives close to these sites at Olympia, Mund Street or Shepherds Bush Road, to look into the detail of these proposals and take part in the consultation.”
The consultation is now open and runs until January 25, 2015. Visit Thames Water's Counters Creek website to find out more and have your say.
Thames Water is also running a series of consultation sessions at these locations:
7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ
Thursday November 27, 2pm to 6pm
Saturday November 29, 10am to 1pm
Holland Park, Ilchester Place, W8 6LU
Thursday December 4, 4pm to 8pm
Saturday December 6, 10am to 1pm
Urban Partnership Group
87 Masbro Road, W14 0LR
Thursday December 11, 4pm to 8pm
Saturday December 13, 10am to 1pm
4a Castletown Road, W14 9HE
Thursday January 8, 4pm to 8pm
Saturday January 10, 10am to 1pm
St Cuthbert’s Day Centre
The Pillbeach Hall, Earl’s Court SW5 9EB
Thursday January 15, 4pm to 8pm