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Thames Water now says Fulham riverside will be a main 'drive shaft' for their controversial super sewer.
If the current proposals go ahead this will lead to more than a decade of construction and associated nuisances, including a total of 29,000 lorries clogging Fulham's streets round the clock.
Thames Water named Carnwath Road as the preferred site for the first time in November 2011, after the first public consultation process took place. Thames Water is yet to fully explain its thinking in deviating from their original choice south of the river, despite admitting that using the Fulham riverside would be more costly and more disruptive to more people.
14 million Thames Water customers, from Swindon to Essex and all Londoners, can expect to pay at least an extra £80 each year on top of current bills for life to pay for the super sewer. You will pay even more if your bills are higher than average.
The increased charges will come in from 2013, if the scheme goes ahead, although construction will not begin until 2016 at the earliest.
H&F Council and many local residents are lobbying hard to persuade Thames Water to move the main shaft site to an area that is not so densely populated, but unfortunately the council has no power to refuse permission for the super sewer.
Residents only have until 10 February 2012 at 5pm to respond to Thames Water's consultation - which is available at: www.thamestunnelconsultation.co.uk.
If you oppose Fulham riverside being used as the main west London super sewer drive shaft you can also sign the petition below.
As part of the Thames Tunnel development, Barn Elms, a valuable green space in London, is being considered by Thames Water as one of its ‘main drive shaft sites’. A brownfield site must be used instead.
With its playing fields, adjacent river and tow path, Barn Elms is the main public sporting hub for South-West London. The facilities are used by *30 schools from 10 different London boroughs as well as 44 sports clubs and thousands of individuals. It is also an important conservation area with ancient rare trees, bats and birds. Strolls along the tow path provide a welcome touch of the countryside for thousands of people from all over London. It sits next door to the London Wetland Centre ‘the best urban wildlife site in Europe’.
A seven year construction project would permanently affect the ecology of Barn Elms and during this period the sporting activities that take place both on and around Barn Elms would be massively impacted.
For these reasons we urge you to sign the petition to object to a construction site being placed on Barn Elms SW13, Leaders Gardens SW15, the foreshore adjacent to Barn Elms or the Boat Repair Yard off Putney Embankment. There are alternative brownfield sites and Thames Water must use one of these.
For more information on the campaign to save Barn Elms:
from Stop-the-Shaft , please visit:
from Wandsworth Council, please visit: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/savebarnelms
I am one of a number of concerned residents of Harlesden that have been campaigning for improvements to the entrances of Willesden Junction station, particularly Station Approach.
We feel that it is currently in a terrible state both aesthetically and in terms of pedestrian safety, especially those that are disabled or with a pushchair. Considering the importance of the station as a hub for London Overground & the Bakerloo line, as well as serving 7 bus routes in the area we feel that Harlesden residents and the business community of Park Royal deserves better, to that end we have been collecting signatures in a petition to show the level of discontent in the area,
As Network Rail will be commencing work to stabilise the embankment shortly, we feel this is an opportunity to address the larger picture, not just fill holes!
We, a collective of residents working under the banner of Harlesden Town Team, [which is an umbrella group for local residents associations, namely the Junction Association, and Rucklidge Avenue Association] have approached Network Rail, TfL, LB Ealing, LB Brent, & LB H&F about setting up a masterplan for the station, we hope to be included in their upcoming stakeholders meeting to discuss their plans. We feel it is important to get as many residents views of the station as possible, as well as the views of the business community.
Willesden Junction Station is both unsafe and dangerous, we NEED to change it now. Harlesden DESERVES better. If you're a user of this station, or have used the station in the past, please sign our petition.
The SMART Visitor Permit is active in several zones in the Hammersmith and Fulham Borough. The Permit allows visitors of residents in these zones to park throughout the length of the controlled hours, regardless of the maximum stay for the area.
It also provides a convenient cashless method of paying for parking as well as a cheaper alternative to the regular pay and display tariff. As Barclay Road is in the same Borough, its residents should be entitled to the same service and cheaper tariffs.
5. Poo Who ?
Fulham residents parents, school children and pre-school children are fed up with the dog poo on Vera Road and Colehill or 'Poohill' Lane, it really is a blight on our local enviroment and we want it to stop.
We request that people sign our petition and work together to make our local streets a more pleasant environment.
The route for Thames Water’s super sewer, which is also known as the Thames Tunnel, threatens two sites in Hammersmith & Fulham - with Carnwath Road in Fulham earmarked for a major construction compound. Thames Water is asking residents in Fulham what they think of the plans to use a densely packed residential area for their main super-sewer construction compound.
Thames Water wants to use land next to Carnwath Road as a 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week construction site for seven years for their £3.6 billion storage tank under the river. The proposals raise a series of issues including:
- The stench that will be created from gases caused by raw sewage in a densely populated residential area next to five local schools
- The clogging up of already congested residential streets with lorries
- The £3.6billion cost of the scheme, which has more than doubled since 2002
- The disruption to local homes caused by noisy and dusty construction work
- The loss of new homes and jobs on the riverside
- The lack of consultation on this site with local people
- Water-rates spiralling by at least £65 per year to pay for the scheme
- The 50 foot high stink pipe to let off sewer vapours that will be a permanent legacy of the scheme.
Hammersmith Embankment has also been targeted for a second smaller sewer construction site. Thames Water wants to dig-up land opposite Frank Banfield Park, on Chancellors Road, and has written to residents to say that the work will ‘inevitably cause disruption’.
In addition to the specific concerns about the two sites in the borough many local people are starting to question whether the benefits of the super sewer are in proportion to the large costs. Issues include:
- The public health benefits will be relatively minimal. There is no risk to drinking water from sewage overflow into the Thames
- Thames Water’s current proposal is not flexible
- The limited benefits are not proportionate to the large and escalating costs, especially during an age of austerity
- The tunnel will do little to increase the capacity of the local sewerage network where, during storm conditions, basements suffer from sewer flooding
- The environmental benefits will also be small. The Thames is ‘one of the cleanest metropolitan rivers in the world’, according to the GLA, and recently won the international Theiss River Prize for cleanliness
- There are sensible and more cost effective alternatives that can make the Thames even cleaner with less disruption to Londoners and without the huge environmental, social and economic costs
- A shorter smarter tunnel, like the Babtie option combined with other measures, could be as effective at a fraction of the cost.
This petition was originally launched in 2008 but has now been updated (as above) to focus on the specific risks to Carnwath Road and Hammersmith Embankment as well as questioning the benefits of the overall scheme.
Please register your email address when signing the petition below – this will help us keep you up-to-date on the super sewer.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council Pension Fund holds approximately one million pounds worth of shares in arms companies.
London boasts a proud history of celebrating diversity yet Hammersmith & Fulham Council's investments support companies whose business fuels conflict in areas that its residents have fled. How can this be defended?
Hammersmith & Fulham should set standards that the rest of London can follow by divesting from this killing trade and putting the money into ethical investments.
This petition has been actioned by Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition against Community Cuts (HAFCAC)
Hammersmith and Fulham Council are seeking to charge disabled and older people for essential services which enable them to live as equal citizens in the community.
The proposed charges of up to £12.40 per hour would negatively impact on the well being of disabled and older people who use essential community care services.
In March 2006, the Labour administration said it would stop charging for home care services. In April 2006, a spokesperson for the Conservative group said, “A Conservative Council will not reintroduce Home Care Charging. The Conservative group has included this as a manifesto pledge.”
Many local disabled and older people feel cheated that the present Conservative Council is proposing a U turn on its election pledge.
Local residents wish to strongly object to the Council's plans.
Contact HAFCAC on 07899 752 877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org