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Who are Stop them Shafting Fullham?

Stop them Shafting Fulham (SSF)  is a coalition of local campaigning groups, residents’ associations and societies. We have joined forces to fight the outrageous proposal by Thames Water to use the tiny wharf sites at Carnwath Road in South Fulham as one of the 3 main drilling and excavation  sites for their giant planned ‘supersewer’ scheme.

The members of the coalition, whose campaign is supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, include The Peterborough Road & Area Residents Association (PRARA), Residents Against the Sewer In Fulham (RATSF), Friends of South Park, The Fulham Society, and the Fulham Riverside West Partnership.

Who are we up against?

The ‘them’ in our coalition name of course refers mainly to Thames Water. But they are by no means the only culprits.

Prime suspects also include The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has not only championed the whole supersewer scheme but intervened to ensure that the West London main site should be stuck in our crowded residential locality rather than on the original site chosen by Thames Water – an empty piece of open ground at Barn Elms in Putney, well away from homes.

Other culprits notably include local Barn Elms MPs Justine Greening and Zak Goldsmith, both of whom lobbied ruthlessly to get the site dumped on their neighbouring community of South Fulham. Very neighbourly of them!

But don’t you want a clean river?

Everyone agrees that the river sewage must be cleaned up, but many of us in the SSF coalition also believe that the case for the supersewer as the answer has not been made, either on cost or environmental sustainability grounds.

Indeed an increasing number of informed experts are now convinced that the supersewer is not the right long-term solution, whatever Thames Water or the government may claim.

But all in the SSF coalition are united in the determination that even if the scheme is to go ahead it must not use such a ridiculously unsuitable main site such as Carnwath Road Riverside, when doing so would needlessly blight a whole local community for at least ten years.

Friends of South Park

Fulham Riverside

Residents Against The Thames Sewer

2 Responses

  • Fulham’s protest against Thames Water’s proposal to put their £5bn+ supersewer in a densely residential area continues after delivering 2,500 consultation documents at the end of the Phase 2 consultation on 10th February. As all the proposed site along the Thames which are close to residential areas will reject the proposal, the decision will be made by Eric Pickles and Caroline Spellman – and if it goes against the wished of the community – where does that leave democracy? Its ironic that Spellman is meeting with the water authorities in SE England to discuss measures to be taken as this part of the UK is facing severe drought conditions due to low winter rainfall. At present London does not have a sewage problem – it has a rainwater run-off problem because most of it is paved and the rain runs into the sewers, causing them to flood into the river. However it is not mentioned that the flow is 95% rainwater and 5% sewage! This does not seriously contaminate the river – the real damage is from the flooding of Thames Water’s treatment works – something which they should have addressed years ago.
    This proposal will be the biggest engineering project in Europe – and is driven by big business. Thames Water is owned by the Australian Macquarie Bank. The cost of this vanity project will be paid by all Thames Water customers – living as far away as Gloucestershire and Kent – in perpetuity. They gain nothing. The utility company will not be risking a penny. ~and they are only answerable to their shareholders – not their customers. Also- alarmingly- the whole project will be underwritten by the Treasury – so we tax payers pay again! This project will undoubtedly rise in cost – and it is likely to force those on fixed incomes into water poverty – so that bankers can line their pockets at the expense of pensioners and the low-waged. Something stinks – and its not the river!
    We are urging the government to to go back to the drawing board – because after so many years since the current proposal was made, technology has changed and a cheaper simpler solution is proposed by Prof. Chris Binnie, who worked on the original proposal. We don’t want another ‘too big to fail’ situation to develop.

  • The Fulham, Chambers Wharf and other campaigns need to unite!


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