Search

Boris Johnson expresses concern over planned Thames super sewer sites

12:31 25 January 2011

TAX PLAN: Mayor Boris Johnson is consulting on plans for a Crossrail levy

TAX PLAN: Mayor Boris Johnson is consulting on plans for a Crossrail levy

2010 Getty Images

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.

Latest News Stories

20 minutes ago
Lloyd Everitt on stage in Shakespeare's Othello at Globe Theatre [photo: Ellie Kurttz]

Thousands of pupils from schools across east London have seen a special updated version of Othello set in the First World War at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Yesterday, 17:14
Chloe Fawsitt, 16, has been missing for three days.

Police are growing increasingly concerned about a missing 16-year-old girl.

Yesterday, 16:24
Bobby Andrews and Mariel Roe

Top executive staff at one of the big east London estate agencies has scooped prestigious internal company recognition at its US parent group’s annual conference in New York.

Yesterday, 14:28
In six weeks, the borough will go to the polls Pic: PA

The election campaign officially starts at the end of March – but the battle for hearts, minds and votes started long ago. Political editor Annabelle Dickson sets out her guide

Most read news

Mark Zuckerberg confirms the first test flight of its solar-powered drones has taken place in UK skies.

Monarch, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook have changed their policies following the fatal crash.

The Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately killed 149 passengers ‘had depression’.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder