I urge local residents not to miss out on a chance to voice their opinions on the proposals for a new storm relief sewer - a proposed £280 million scheme designed to protect properties in the Counters Creek catchment area from the misery of sewer flooding.
This is particularly important for anyone living in the Avonmore and Brook Green area as the car park at Olympia is the proposed site to drive the tunnelling. I do not believe it is an appropriate site as it would have a detrimental effect on the local residential environment during construction and cause traffic chaos in an area that is already very busy.
While I support the overall scheme, I believe that Cremorne Wharf on Lots Road in Chelsea would be a more sensible site to begin the tunnelling. Not only is the area less densely populated but it would also allow Thames Water to move the large amounts of earth by barge down the river, rather than by lorry.
There are just three more days for residents to have their say on Thames Water’s proposals for the new Counter’s Creek storm relief sewer and the phase one consultation runs until 8 February. More information can be found on the Thames Water website at www.thameswater.co.uk/counterscreek. Feedback on the project can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.thameswater.co.uk/counterscreek.
According to Thames Water, the new sewer will help reduce the risk of sewer flooding to over 1,700 basement properties in this area. To build this new sewer, Thames Water are proposing to use five areas across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham as construction sites.
The proposed construction sites for this new sewer are:
- Chelsea – Cremorne Wharf on Lots Road
- Kensington – Upper Addison Gardens
- Hammersmith – Kensington Olympia car park
- Hammersmith – Site in between Bamborough Gardens and Shepherds Bush Road
- Hammersmith – Mund Street
Counters Creek is one of the "lost rivers" of London, arising in Kensal Green Cemetery and flowing south through Wormwood Scrubs, Olympia and Earls Court and then beneath the West London Railway Line to reach the Thames at Chelsea Creek. Today it is almost completely subterranean.
The creek was incorporated in Victorian times into the main sewer for our local area, carrying both sewage and rainwater, but a number of factors including increasing development, our growing population and the concreting over of green spaces means it can no longer cope with demand.
The result is that residents – especially those living in and around Askew Road, Boscombe Road, Greyhound Road and Hammersmith Grove – have seen their basements flooded up to six times since 2004. I welcome any scheme which will end this misery but it is important that the construction and tunnelling sites do not bring chaos to our local area.