Plans for a new London 'supersewer' have been opened to the public today.
Thames Water says the four billion pound Thames Tideway Tunnel is necessary to prevent millions of litres of untreated sewage being pumped into the river each year.
Critics argue the plans for the country’s biggest privately funded engineering project are over complicated, over priced and disruptive to the capital.
From today until the 28th of May 2013, anyone with views about the Thames Tideway Tunnel can register themselves with the Inspectorate as an ‘interested party’.
Those who have registered themselves will be entitled to present their views to the Examining Authority. The Preliminary Meeting is expected to be held this September.
– Phil Stride, Head of Thames Tideway Tunnel at Thames Water
" It is very important that anyone with views about our application registers with the Planning Inspectorate.
This is the only way they can be involved in the independent examination of our plans.
After several years of gathering information, design and consultation, we are one step closer to creating a cleaner, healthier River Thames for current and future generations to enjoy.
We hope interest in the application isn’t dampened by the size of this necessarily lengthy document; most people only need to read the sections relevant to their community."
Untilthe 28th of May a hard copy of the 50,000 page planning document isavailable to view between 9am and 5pm at the following locations:
- London Rowing Club, Embankment, Putney, SW15
- Linden House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA
- Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Strert
- Institute of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA
- Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge
- Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, 3-4 Shadwell_ _Pierhead, Glamis Road, E1W3TD