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Thames Water at Glamis Hall

Great way to start the New Year! The meeting scheduled for Jan 5th at Glamis Hall was very successful and it rallied the local community behind the Save KEMP cause.

Thames Water turned up in full force, with 4 high calibre representatives but were met with fierce opposition by our group of locals.

Since then, we have managed to get on board a number of very motivated volunteers who are working tirelessly to spread the word and gather signatures for our petition in the park braving this awful weather.

We were also pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Cllr. Alibor Choudhury who was sent by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to get an idea of what the community thought about the Super-Sewer. The feeling of the community was made very clear very early during Thames Water presentation: NO BUILDING WORKS ANYWHERE IN OUR PARK.

Thames Water made a feeble attempt at trying to pass the park as two distinct sites telling the residents that by building on the foreshore they would actually preserve the park.

This preposterous idea was soon shot down and rejected. Building on the foreshore would destroy the park: there would have to be a road through the park to get to the building site and to allow maintenance of the huge, unsightly building left behind as a permanent, smelly legacy for the community.

If that was not enough, the ventilation tower and the other buildings would block the view from the park and would produce noise pollution in addition to the sewage smell from the ventilation system.

At the meeting, Cllr. Choudhury announced his total support for the Save Kemp cause and he is currently arranging a meeting between Mayor Lutfur and our Chairman Carl Dunsire.

Thames Water consultation is nearing its end so don’t forget to send in your letters to voice your concerns about the proposed builds at King Edward Park and to sign our petition.

There are several Brownfield sites that could be used instead of our beautiful green area.

There are two on the Highway alone (the cement plant and the business park) but Thames Water will not consider them as they are not willing to pay out the established businesses.

Going for another route would also mean far less works and only one building left behind (a smaller ventilation tower) that would have to be housed in the vicinity of the Rotherhithe Tunnel vent (ie in a neglected part of the park that is not currently used anyway). The options are there, now it is up to our community to make its voice heard loud and clear.

Tell Thames Water Brownfield NOT Greenfield.

Consultation period closes 14 January

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