SYR supporters and all local residents are being urged to attend an important public meeting on the use of Chambers Wharf for the Thames Tideway Tunnel (the so-called “supersewer”), which will take place on Tuesday April 21 at 1930 at Riverside Primary School. We have invited LB Southwark Leader Peter John to chair the meeting, which will be attended by new Tunnel CEO Andy Mitchell and by the contractors who expect to be appointed for the eastern tunnel (a joint venture of Costain, Vinci, and Bachy).
We have been working closely with LBS preparing the way for the Community Liaison Working Group which has the potential to act as an effective communications channel and influence on Thames Water, the Infrastructure Provider which will build the tunnel (to be appointed in coming months), and the contractors. In the meantime the public meeting on April 21 will provide the first proper opportunity that local residents, businesses etc. affected by the construction of the tunnel have had since consent was given by ministers to use CW as a major drive site last September, to pose questions and express concerns. We have already achieved important concessions on the original scheme proposed by TW, now is the time for us to build on that to ensure that they not only honour their legal commitments on mitigation – but go beyond them, and with luck come up with more money than is already on the table for community enhancement projects.
So PLEASE DO COME on April 21, and urge your friends and neighbours to do so as well! A show of real community concern will help in exerting pressure on the authorities to do right by the Chambers Wharf community who have been saddled with a massive local burden for nearly a decade.
Tuesday April 21 at 1930 at Riverside Primary School, use the entrance on the corner of Emba Street and Farncombe Street.
Thank you as ever for your continuing support!
Barney Holbeche, SYR