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Rotherhithe residents fight sewer tunnel proposals

PUBLISHED: 11:34 08 October 2010

Unhappy residents by Kingstairs in Rotherhithe

Unhappy residents by Kingstairs in Rotherhithe

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ROTHERHITHE residents are fighting against proposals to construct sewer sites at two well-loved beauty spots by 
the Thames.

ROTHERHITHE residents are fighting against proposals to construct sewer sites at two well-loved beauty spots by the Thames.

Thames Water want to construct sewer tunnels at Kingstairs Gardens and Alfred Salter playground which are home to children’s play areas. The tunnels would be placed in the locations for seven years as part of the 20-mile long Thames Tunnel being planned to stop the problem of excess sewage flowing into the river after rainfall.

Thames Water has agreed to hold further consultation meetings with Rotherhithe Community Council over the plans which Southwark liberal Democrats say would “impose majorly on the landscape”.

Riverside councillor Anood Al-Samerai said: “People are very angry. These are two real beauty spots and are used by lots of children.

“While we want to see the end of sewage dumping in the Thames, we completely reject using these popular local sites. We want to be able to have our say on what will happen to the area.”

Resident Steve Cornish of Bemondsey and Rotherhithe Green Enthusiasts said: “We want to protect our green spaces. Part of the problem is that too many green spaces have been taken away so there is no longer natural drainage for rainwater where it has been concreted over.

“We have been kept in the dark about these plans and it seems too little has been done too late to save the areas.”

A spokeswoman for Thames Water said the consultation period will run for 14 weeks. “At this stage no decisions have been made. We want to listen to the views of local people before we go any futher with our proposals.

“We encourage everyone with any interest in this project or who lives close to any of our proposed construction sites to take part in the consultation and visit one of our local exhibitions.”

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