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Angry protest at Rotherhithe ‘super sewer’ consultation

PUBLISHED: 15:36 11 November 2010

Save Kings Stairs Gardens

Save Kings Stairs Gardens

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AN ANGRY protest was held at a consultation in Rotherhithe over plans for a ‘super sewer’ at a beauty spot.

Around 50 protesters turned up at Time and Talents to hear Thames Water chiefs speak about their plans to use King’s Stairs Gardens for their Thames Tunnel ‘super sewer’ project.

The Save King’s Stairs Gardens group said they were confused about the latest views from Thames Water after an “angry and combative” meeting.

The protest group say there are other more suitable brownfield sites for the tunnel which would mean the playground on the site would be out of action.

Roger Bilder said: “With each successive meeting we have with Thames Water, tempers seem to get worse and worse. They are being so careful not to commit themselves to anything, we’re finding it frustrating. We also seem to get somewhat different messages from different people.

“Although they say they are considering other sites, I get the impression they are all greenfield sites too and they have chosen criteria which in their minds makes King’s Stairs Gardens the only option.”

A spokeswoman for Thames Water said: “No decisions have been taken. We will carefully consider all comments and suggestions and where possible we will amend our plans. The revised plans will form the basis of the second phase of public consultation which will take place in summer/autumn next year. It is important that people register their views by participating in the consultation process.”

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