Today, Thames Water announced that they are going ahead with the Super sewer despite the groundswell of people against the plans, including Mayor Boris Johnson.
Even though thousands of local residents responded to the consultation, Thames Water are still going ahead with the plans. This just shows that the “consultation” was a farce, a tickbox exercise and residents views were not listened to.
Thames Water acknowledge that many people had ‘concerns regarding the costs of the project and how it will be funded, including queries regarding the effects on customers’ bills’ but incredibly, believe that ‘no new information’ was given that would make them change their plans.
Over 3,100 people responded to the Carnwath Road site this compares to 1,519 to King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore, 387 to Barn Elms, 171 on the Putney Bridge foreshore and 639 on Chambers wharf.
Well done, and thank you, to everyone who commented on the Carnwath Road site.
So, why didn’t Thames Water provide a breakdown of sentiment of the sites? They could have easily shown the numbers or percentage of positive, neutral and negative comments. I suspect it would show the overwhelming community support to ditch the project.
So what can we do? Please contact Boris Johnson and push him to review the consultation.