|Assembly Sets Out Concerns About Thames Tunnel Proposals|
Richard Tracey Asembly member believes many residents "are in the dark"
The London Assembly today sets out a number of concerns about Thames Water’s proposal for a new tunnel to reduce the amount of untreated sewage flowing into the River Thames each year.
When London’s sewer system becomes overloaded from rainfall, overflows of sewage and rainwater discharge into the River Thames. To tackle the problem, Thames Water is proposing building a new tunnel underneath the river so that any overflow from the sewers can instead be transported to the treatment works at Beckton.
In its response to the scheme, the Assembly’s Health and Public Services Committee concludes that building a new interceptor tunnel is the most viable solution available. However, it says a number of issues need to be addressed, in particular how much customers will have to pay, continuing uncertainties over the planning process and how Thames Water will maximise the employment of Londoners during the project’s construction.
James Cleverly AM, Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Public Services Committee, said:
“However, there are a number of concerns that need to be addressed by Thames Water and its partners and we look forward to receiving further details of the scheme in the future.”
London Assembly Member for Merton & Wandsworth told PutneySW15.com:
Costs to customers
The response says it is disappointing that customers are being asked to comment on the proposal without clearer information on how much it will eventually cost them. It calls for Thames Water and Ofwat to publish these details as soon as possible.
Committee Members also say the continuing uncertainty over the planning process should be ended as soon as possible after the consultation period.