If the congestion caused by Thames Water’s work in Deptford Church Street has inconvenienced you over the last few days, it will give you a small glimpse of what’s to come once the Thames Tunnel works get underway. The chief difference is that instead of lasting less than three weeks, the Thames Tunnel work will last for three years!
Thames Water’s planning application has now been referred to the Planning Inspectorate who are examining the case and have the power to recommend to the Secretary of State whether the decision should be upheld or rejected. The Inspectorate will be hearing evidence on the Deptford elements at two separate sessions:
- Wednesday 13 November, America Square Conference Centre, 1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, London EC3N 2LB. Registration at 9:30am for a 10.30am start.
- Thursday 21 November 2013, The AHOY Centre, Borthwick Street, Deptford SE8 3JY. Registration 9am for 9:30am start.
It is important to understand that the debate is severely limited:
- you can only ask questions or make points to the Inspectors if you have already registered; and
- the Inspectorate has already decided that their inquiry will not discuss issues of principle or about any alternatives. This means that the case of the Tunnel itself cannot be challenged.
However, the scope of the inquiry will include the specific design, sites, routes and operational processes proposed in the application. So the expectation is that we can argue against the selection of the site.
We’re looking to demonstrate our concerns on the 21 November, though we intend to be at both, so please put these in your diary now.
And, it would be useful to know who is registered now so that we can coordinate any representations we make on the day. Please either reply or email firstname.lastname@example.org, with your contact details if you are.
07970 396 031