|"Say No To The Thames Tunnel"|
Wandsworth Council urges residents to voice their concerns
The scheme, which is being developed by Thames Water, would create six major construction sites across Wandsworth and a seventh at Barn Elms Playing Fields on the boundary with Richmond.
For an overview of the project and a full account of the council's concerns visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/thamestunnel.
Council leader Edward Lister said:
"In the mean time we are pressing Thames Water to publish full environmental impact assessments for every potential worksite. So far their consultation documents have focussed on the sites they would prefer to use and have very little information about the alternatives. This is not a fair or transparent approach as it prevents people from making comparisons between the different locations."
Wandsworth Council has serious concerns about the proposed Thames Tunnel scheme and in particular the use of Barn Elms Playing Fields as a main drive shaft site - this could cause irreparable damage to both the open space and the riverside towpath.
Councillors remain unconvinced that the tunnel is the best way of cleaning up the Thames and fear the huge environmental impacts will outweigh any potential improvements in water quality.
Cllr Lister continued:
"We don't believe planning decisions for the local sites should be taken without substantial involvement on the part of the local authority which will be much more sensitive to the local impacts."
According to the water company's project timetable a second round consultation will take place in 2011 and a full planning application will be submitted in 2012. The seven year construction programme would commence in 2013 and complete in 2020.
December 30, 2010