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Fresh consultation over supersewer, but councils fight Thames Water

Thames Water has announced a further round of consultation at four of the 24 construction and operations sites needed for its "supersewer" project. But it insists their location won't be changed.

The water company remains on collision course with one of the local authorities affected by the multi-billion pound scheme following phase two of consultation over the proposals.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is implacably opposed to Thames' plans to use land at Carnwath Road, Fulham in west London for construction work. The London borough is backing a renewed call from London mayor Boris Johnson for the project to be reviewed.

Councillor Nick Botterill, deputy leader of the council, said: "Thames Water is now completely ignoring the Mayor of London, the local council and thousands of residents by confirming the use of a tight knit residential area as their main sewer construction site."

Phil Stride, head of London Tideway Tunnels at Thames Water, said: "In the 18 months since we first began public consultation for the project, we have worked extremely hard to consult people potentially affected.

"Where possible we have made changes to reflect the concerns people have raised. The new targeted consultations for our proposed sites at Barn Elms, Putney Embankment, Victoria and Albert Embankment are evidence of our ongoing determination to listen and make changes where they are practically possible within the scope of this critical but challenging project.

"Unfortunately, there are no easy or disruption-free options for building this much-needed piece of infrastructure, but we remain as determined as ever to reduce the impacts at the proposed sites as much as possible, whilst ensuring we deliver value for money."

Source: Utility Week
Photo: Peter Pearson

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