Thames Tideway Tunnel

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Thames Tideway Tunnel

Received 01 May 2013
From Dan Goldsack


As a local resident in Wapping and frequent visitor to the King Edward Memorial Park, I am lodging my objection in the strongest of terms that Thames Water have selected the Park as a construction site for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

King Edwards Memorial Park is the only green space for children in the area to play and it is a central hub for families in the local area. An alternative brownfield site of Heckford has been identified and Tower Hamlets Council used third party consultants to consider both sites and the impact the essential works will have. Heckford was the preferred site.

With this unbiased evidence coupled with the desire of local people to save the only green space that fronts onto the river in the area, it is imperative that the Planning Inspectorate halts Thames Water's chosen site of the King Edward Memorial Park.

With wider issues of child obesity and a focus to promote exercise post Olympics for our young people in the East End, turning the park into a building site is simply out of step.

There is no argument that the sewage flowing into the Thames needs treating and the EU directive compels Thames Water to do so. However, when a brownfield site is has been identified as a viable alternative, it is the responsibility of the Planning Inspectorate to protect London's green spaces and instruct Thames Water to opt for a brownfield site to cite their Thames Tideway Tunnel.