Thames Tideway Tunnel

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Thames Tideway Tunnel

Received 26 April 2013
From Vincent Keaveny


As a resident of south Fulahm I express my strong objections to Thames Water's proposed "super sewer" tunnel and, particular, the consideration of Carnwarth Road, SW6 as a major access point for drilling work.

I do not believe that anything that I have yet seen or read indicates that a compelling case has been made for the super sewer on environmental or economic grounds. I believe that the environmental benefits that have been identified do not justify the enormous cost of the project and that the level of costs that will be borne by Thames Water customers for years to come demands that the project be re-evaluated before any further work is undertaken on it.

In relation to the possible selection of Carnwarth Road as an access point, the site has been identified by the company almost as an afterthought only at phase 2 in the cosultation process. The south Fulham area is not the semi-industrial environment of 30 or 40 years ago. It is now a highly residential area, with a concentration of schools serving a wide area of west and south-west London. A number of additional residential developments are already under development or in advanced planning states in the immediate vicinity of Carnwarth Road. This development would have a very serious detrimental effect on the quality of life, well being and health of many local residents and school children. It would significantly delay, and possibly prevent, the completion of the urban regeneration of the south Fulham waterside.

There is already significant traffic congestion in the Wandsworth Bridge area; the planning focus should be on freeing up the roads for local residents, not on imposing years of heavy construction traffic on a tight grid of small roads close to Wandsworth Bridge that will in turn have a serious adverse impact on major traffic routes in south-west London.