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Boris Johnson expresses concern over planned Thames super sewer sites

12:31 25 January 2011

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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.

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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