|A Thames Tunnel Update|
Justine Greening writes to Putney
There has been so much going on with the Thames Tunnel issue locally, I thought it might be helpful if I provided everyone with an update. Many of you will be aware that other local residents are involved in the working group I set up, looking at the sites that have been selected locally at King George’s Park, Putney Bridge Foreshore, and Barn Elms. I have also been meeting with Thames Water and other organisations involved in the project including the Port of London Authority and the Environment Agency. I’ve also met with the Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon MP, to discuss the project, so read on for an update……..
Significant fish kill following sewage discharges (updated 17/6)
Because the discharges commenced at around low tide, the pollution was initially carried upstream, but then down again when the tide turned, adding to the damage already done. Unfortunately, the way the tide works on our stretch of the river means it is likely the discharged sewage will take 4-5 days to be carried away. In the meantime the sludge and solids discharged are being washed along the embankment and the tow path, which we all normally enjoy using.
Thames Tunnel Working Group & the Environment Agency
I also met with Environment Agency officers in Parliament last week to follow up on some of the working groups’ questions we didn’t get a chance to asked. For us locally, we have a worse problem because we have a lot of overflows but the river is shallower and narrower, so the volume of sewage is going into a smaller part of river, than if the same amount flowed into the Thames at London Bridge, where the river is very wide and much deeper, so a lot more water. That is made worse by the fact that we’re some way downstream, so the tidal effect is much weaker than when you get towards the Thames Estuary. As a result, anything that enters the river doesn’t get swept away as strongly, so it leaves our area heading out to sea very slowly.
Our next working group meets this week and is going to focus on planning issues and I have invited officers and Councillors from Wandsworth Council and the Greater London Authority, alongside Thames Water. It will be a good opportunity to find out what restrictions the Council, as the local planning authority, can place on the work sites during the Thames Tunnel construction, for example on working hours, transport movements, noise etc.
Visit to Thames Tunnel offices
Barn Elms Rally and Fun Day on Saturday, 16th July
As part of this I am organising a rally and sports day with Zac Goldsmith MP, our local Councils and Stop the Shaft at Barn Elms on Saturday 16th July from 11.30am to show Thames Water how important Barn Elms is to us. So keep the date free and I’ll be posting more details on here soon.
I think the next couple of months will be really important for us to make our case to Thames Water and I will be working hard with residents to do just that. If you want to keep up to date with the Thames Tunnel issue, or if you want to join the working group, or if you have any questions about the project and how it will affect us locally please do get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
You can also read my previous updates on my website by clicking this link http://www.justinegreening.co.uk/outside-parliament/view_detail.php?id=b604f1caae6aa79ddeb6361d5b809d67.
Justine Greening MP
June 17, 2011