Thamesfield Ward E-Bulletin Thames Tunnel Update

An update from your local ward Councillors

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im Maddan, Mike Ryder and Rosemary Torrington Councillors, Thamesfield Ward, Putney, Wandsworth Borough Council.

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We wanted to let you know that the phase two consultation for the Thames Tunnel project started today, Friday 4 November 2011. Since the initial proposals, we have been working with local residents to influence the proposals.

Your local MP, Justine Greening, set up a residents’ working group to scrutinise the Thames Tunnel proposal for the main drive shaft site at Barn Elms and the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) sites at Putney Bridge Foreshore and King George’s Park. The residents’ working group met regularly with Thames Water and other organisations involved including the Environment Agency, Wandsworth Council and the Port of London Authority, to discuss all three sites. The group is also instructing its own independent experts to look at aspects of the proposals. Justine Greening led the ‘I love Barn Elms because' campaign to tell Thames Water why protecting the green space at Barn Elms was so important.

As your local councillors we worked with colleagues in the Town Hall to ensure a constructive dialogue with Thames Water. This resulted in our concerns being effectively considered. We joined forces to campaign with our local GLA Member Richard Tracey AM and colleagues in Richmond including Zac Goldsmith MP, Richmond Council and Tony Arber AM together with local residents’ groups such as Stop the Shaft to establish the ‘Save Barn Elms Alliance’. In July we had a rather wet rally and fun day to protect Barn Elms. Despite the weather this was attended by hundreds of local residents.

What we have achieved

 The phase two consultation officially opened on Friday 4 November. A number of changes have been made following the hard campaign fought by so many locally.  

  • The main drive shaft is now proposed on a derelict brownfield site at Carnwath Road. Barn Elms will still face some disruption as the sewage overflow point will need to be attached to the tunnel, but the impact will be significantly reduced.  
  • The Putney Foreshore site has now moved slightly upstream, away from residents in Kenilworth Court and the historic slipway, creating an additional riverside community space as part of the project.  
  • The impact in St George’s Park will be reduced as the construction site has been moved away from residential buildings, to the north east of the park.  
  • Jews Road and Bridges Road Car Park are no longer needed.  
  • There will still be some use of the Tideway site near Battersea Power Station.

What we still need to do

The phase two consultation marks a great improvement to the Thames Tunnel Project. The aim of this is to stop 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage from being discharged into the Thames every year. Although Thames Water have listened to our concerns and responded we still have work to do.

We still have concerns about the disruption locally from this major project and will be studying the detail of the new proposal very carefully before responding.

We will be working with Thames Water to ensure maximum use of river barges to minimise the impact on our local roads. We also need to ensure that the construction timetables are realistic and do not disrupt residents’ lives.

Importantly, where we believe Thames Water have got things right, we should tell them so – for example the use of the brownfield site at Carnwath Road as the main draft shaft instead of the green playing fields at Barn Elms.

The full details of the consultation are available now online at .  The consultation will run for 14 weeks until 10 February 2012. The consultation is open to everyone, so please be sure to have your say.

We will continue to work with local residents through Justine Greening’s residents’ working group. We will be maintaining active communication with Thames Water to ensure the final project is the best it possibly can be for our local community. Dates for forthcoming meetings will be announced. Justine Greening has organised a public meeting with Thames Water at St Mary’s Church on the 8 December 2011 starting at 7.30pm. The aim is to give residents an opportunity to find out more about the second stage of this project.

 Finally, thank you, and well done!

Residents have worked very hard and most effectively to raise concerns and to work with Thames Water to resolve issues and minimise the impact of the Thames Tunnel construction. Thanks to this Thames Water has recognised the importance of Barn Elms, Putney Bridge and King George’s Park to the local community. We will continue to work with Thames Water throughout the phase two consultation process to secure the best possible solution for our local community and environment.

A big thank you for all the effort put in by so many and for all the ‘I Love Barn Elms’ cards, the emails and letters of support.

Yours sincerely

Cllrs Jim Maddan, Mike Ryder & Rosemary Torrington

Thamesfield Ward Councillors

Justine Greening

Member of Parliament for Putney, Roehampton & Southfields

Cllr Ravi Govindia

Leader, Wandsworth Council

Richard Tracey AM

GLA Member, Merton & Wandsworth


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November 10, 2011