The revised Thames Tunnel plans for a worksite based in the river foreshore next to King Edward Memorial Park (KEMP) in Shadwell came under the scrutiny of locals at a drop-in held at the nearby Glamis Hall in Cable Street (23-24 November).
Approximately 120 people attended the drop-ins, staffed by a variety of specialists from the Thames Tunnel project team.
The experts on hand included engineers who have amended the original plans proposed at phase one public consultation stage, which ended in January. Changes include a smaller construction site at KEMP, a revised access road through the park and much smaller ventilation structures.
Work is required at this location to intercept the combined sewer overflow located directly beneath KEMP, which in an average year discharges 780,000 tonnes of untreated sewage into the River Thames after rainfall.
Also present was Richard Aylard, Thames Water’s External Affairs and Sustainability Director, (pictured in the first picture below, left), who was quizzed on the merits of the report recently published by the Thames Tunnel Commission, funded in part by Tower Hamlets Council.
Richard explained that the commission had failed to identify any alternative to the Thames Tunnel that would cost effectively address the problem of sewage pollution in the River Thames to the required standard (set by the Environment Agency) within the required timescale (set by the Government).
Visitors to the first two days of Thames Tunnel consultation events at Glamis Hall included Carl and Emma Dunsire, other members of the ‘SaveKEMP’ action group.
The drop-in returns to Glamis Hall on Saturday 26 November (10am-4pm).
Also pictured below is Malcolm Orford (second picture below, centre) from the Thames Tunnel team, answering questions from two locals.