Council's fears sewer will 'blight' Fulham

Thames Water says the current Victorian sewer network can't keep up when it rains Credit: ITV News

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is a fierce critic of Thames Water's planned Tideway Tunnel, saying the main construction site will blight the Fulham riverside. It argues that there are much cheaper and greener alternatives available.

But Thames Water insists the tunnel is the best solution to stop sewage being pumped into the Thames when it rains heavily.

The council says:

Thames Water's planning application shows 24 building sites along the Thames including the main construction site at Carnwath Road on the Fulham riverside. South Fulham is set to bear the brunt of the disruption from major excavation work, which is expected to last seven years as well as the residue from the foul air that will be constantly expelled from the site 24/7 once construction is completed.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Nicholas Botterill, said: