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BORIS Johnson has written to the head of Thames Water over concerns about the impact its proposed ‘super sewer’ could have on some of London’s parks.

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King’s Stairs Gardens in Rotherhithe and the Alfred Salter Playground in Bermondsey are both potential sites for sewer tunnel shafts.

The London Mayor has told Thames Water it has given insufficient attention to alternatives to the two greenfield sites presented to the public which are its preferred options.

King’s Stairs Gardens would be one of the project’s main construction sites for seven years.

A letter to Phil Stride, head of the project, said: “The Mayor is not satisfied that alternative sites have been fully explored.”

Johnson expressed concern at the range and scale of construction impacts that the project would have. Among the impacts identified by the Mayor are loss of open space and construction close to residential properties.

A public consultation ended almost two weeks ago after a campaign by residents in Rotherhithe calling for Thames Water to use brownfield sites instead.

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  • Qoute "Johnson expressed concern at the range and scale of construction impacts that the project would have. Among the impacts identified by the Mayor are loss of open space and construction close to residential properties" You've got to be kidding right???? Boris is either confused or being disingenuous. Read This "Johnson expressed concern at the range and scale of INCREASED FLIGHT impacts that the project would have. Among the impacts identified by the Mayor are loss of open space and LOW FLYING CRAFT close to residential properties". See what I mean!!

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • Hi rogerb I agree with you. It's just double standards with Boris. There's no continuity with what he makes comment on or what he chooses to stop or allow. The sewer issue is a joke and green spaces are very important but allowing the expansion of London City Airport in a densely populated area is just as mad if not more. I think it's because it's over an area which he considers unimportant and which he'll not get any votes from. Throw all the cr** over there and keep away from the voters I'll get votes from. I've lost all respect I had for Boris Johnson since he's let BIG business spin & lie to us all.

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • Hi rogerb I agree with you as I'm sure do many others. It's just Boris playing the political game. He expresses concern on sewers but says expand, expand to London City Airport. He has no real direction.

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    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

  • Good point, but let's not confuse two issues. At least be grateful that the Mayor is concerned about Thames Water's choice of this open space - although he accepts their choice of other green spaces such as the barn Elms playing fields in Putney. Thames Water's choice of King's Stairs Gardens and the Alfred Salter playground is the result of a very flawed selection and consultation process and we must be pleased that Boris has recognised this and urged them to think again.

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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