The council has been able to persuade Thames Water to rethink some of their worst proposals for construction works for their Counters Creek sewer.
Thames Water has been looking at a number of sites across the borough for this work, which is required to help protect properties which have been affected by sewer flooding in the past.
The council wrote to residents in July to say it would work on their behalf to oppose the proposed sites and push Thames Water to come up with less contentious plans.
“I met with Thames Water last week,” says council leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan. “They have listened to us and confirmed that many of the most unacceptable proposals will no longer be actively pursued, including all those needing full road closures.
“While we view the fact that there are fewer sites in our borough as an improvement, we are continuing to press Thames Water to ensure their work to reduce the risk of sewer flooding is carried out with an absolute minimum of disruption. “
Sites no longer being considered
- Hammersmith Grove, Verulam House, Trussley Road and Astrop Terrace
- The Edward Woods estate
- Gwendwr Road open space, Mund Street and Barons Court Road (the grass verge on the A4 is proposed instead)
- Swanscombe Road and Rifle Place, including housing estate land (land north of Maclise Road car park is proposed instead)
- Land at Sulgrave Gardens, the 5* car wash and the west of Shepherds Bush Green (part of the Tesco car park at Brook Green is now proposed instead).
Thames Water will not finalise their proposals until next year and will need to undertake a second, more detailed, consultation on the proposed sites. They advise me they will begin that in January next year.
Thames Water will be holding some drop-in sessions to provide more details for residents. The dates and locations are also on their website at www.thameswater.co.uk/counterscreek.