Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes joins Rotherhithe sewer fight

08:38 04 November 2010

Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes


LIBERAL Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes has joined the fight to stop sewer tunnels being built at a well-loved Rotherhithe beauty spot.

Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Southwark, told a packed residents meeting he would be very angry at Thames Water if it put in an application to use King’s Stairs Gardens for their Thames Tideway Tunnel (super sewer) project. The meeting also heard from London Assembly member Val Shawcross using the green space would have an “enormous and damaging impact” on the lives of local people and their precious parks and playgrounds.

Thames Water wants to construct sewer tunnels at King’s Stairs Gardens and Alfred Salter playground as part of its 20-mile long super sewer.

Simon Hughes said: “I’d be very angry with Thames Water if they put in a formal application to use King’s Stairs Gardens as a construction site before there’s a democratic structure in place.”

Hughes told the meeting that because the super sewer was in his view a national infrastructure project, Thames Water would need to seek approval from the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) which is not currently accountable to parliament or local councils.

He added: “The coalition government plans to introduce into parliament in the next few months a bill which would make the IPC’s decisions subject to ministerial approval. That will put national planning decisions under democratic control, and Thames Water must not try to push through approval before that happens.”

Roger Bilder of Mayflower Street told The Docklands: “We know there are a number of brownfield sites which could work instead of our precious green spaces and we urge Thames Water to consider other locations which are far more suitable.”

Latest East London News Stories

33 minutes ago

The mum of a talented martial artist who was shot dead has thanked the community, including those who donated money towards his funeral, for their support.

Police have released CCTV footage today of a burglary at business premises and student accommodation as part of their investigation.

This year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards ceremony, the highlight of the business calendar throughout east London and Essex, is taking place tonight.

Yesterday, 18:38

A councillor once part of Lutfur Rahman’s corrupt administration at Tower Hamlets has today been sentenced to five months in prison for housing fraud.

Yesterday, 17:00

A Tower Hamlets youth worker has vowed to “fight all the way” to clear his name over allegations that he assaulted a police officer.

Yesterday, 12:00

Neighbourhood ‘community hubs’ are being set up in London’s East End to rent out space cheaply to voluntary organisations.

Yesterday, 07:00

Camera snapshots taken behind the scenes at public ceremonies on the Thames and the City are to go on public show in the old Victorian engine-room of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Wed, 19:00

An artwork which has been sitting with an East End proprietor for the last few weeks has moved to its new home after it was insured for a whopping £100 million.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now