Shadwell Park sewer ventilation protesters to meet Thames Water

Families fighting to stop a 45ft high sewer ventilation shaft on the riverfront a mile from Tower Bridge as part of London’s ‘super sewer’ are meeting Thames Water officials at a public meeting—a month before tunnelling begins on the first section of the scheme.

The utility company planning a 17-mile long sewer tunnel under the Thames riverbed has agreed to attend the meeting organised by the families trying to stop Shadwell’s King Edward Memorial Park being turned into a seven-year construction site and being left with a permanent sewer shaft towering above their homes.

The families have already won backing from Boris Johnson and Tower Hamlets council to preserve the only public parkland along the Thames waterfront between Tower Bridge and Isle of Dogs.

Thames Water begins drilling in East London in four weeks on the first section of the project, the Lee Tunnel between Beckton and Abbey Mills pumping station, at the end of June.

The meeting is being held at St Peter’s Primary school in Garnet Street, Wapping, on Friday (June 3) at 7pm.

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