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Wapping meet Thames Water at Glamis Hall

Wapping meet Thames Water at Glamis Hall

Update from Wapping’s resident action group KEMP (“Keep  King Edward Park Green”) following Thames Water’s public meeting at Glamis Hall on 5th January.

Thames Water representatives were met by fierce Wapping opposition.

KEMP are fighting for total protection of King Edward Memorial Park before the consultation period closes on 14th January.

Detailed information on the Thames Tunnel proposal, preferred sites and what it means for Wapping can be found in our earlier Wapping Super Sewer Update.

Wapping meets Thames Water at Glamis Hall

Wapping resident and member of KEMP Emma Puosi tells us what happened at Glamis Hall and how Cllr. Alibor Choudhury is now giving his full support to KEMP.

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Great way to start the New Year! The meeting scheduled for Jan 5th at Glamis Hall was very successful and it rallied the local community behind the Save KEMP cause.

Thames Water turned up in full force, with 4 high calibre representatives but were met with fierce opposition by our group of locals.

Since then, we have managed to get on board a number of very motivated volunteers who are working tirelessly to spread the word and gather signatures for our petition in the park braving this awful weather.

We were also pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Cllr. Alibor Choudhury who was sent by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets to get an idea of what the community thought about the Super-Sewer. The feeling of the community was made very clear very early during Thames Water presentation: NO BUILDING WORKS ANYWHERE IN OUR PARK.

Thames Water made a feeble attempt at trying to pass the park as two distinct sites telling the residents that by building on the foreshore they would actually preserve the park. This preposterous idea was soon shot down and rejected. Building on the foreshore would destroy the park: there would have to be a road through the park to get to the building site and to allow maintenance of the huge, unsightly building left behind as a permanent, smelly legacy for the community. If that was not enough, the ventilation tower and the other buildings would block the view from the park and would produce noise pollution in addition to the sewage smell from the ventilation system.

At the meeting, Cllr. Choudhury announced his total support for the Save Kemp cause and he is currently arranging a meeting between Mayor Lutfur and our Chairman Carl Dunsire.

Thames Water consultation is nearing its end so don’t forget to send in your letters to voice your concerns about the proposed builds at King Edward Park and to sign our petition.

There are several Brownfield sites that could be used instead of our beautiful green area.

There are two on the Highway alone (the cement plant and the business park) but Thames Water will not consider them as they are not willing to pay out the established businesses.

Going for another route would also mean far less works and only one building left behind (a smaller ventilation tower) that would have to be housed in the vicinity of the Rotherhithe Tunnel vent (ie in a neglected part of the park that is not currently used anyway). The options are there, now it is up to our community to make its voice heard loud and clear.

Tell Thames Water Brownfield NOT Greenfield.

Consultation period closes 14 January

Thames Tunnel’s consultation period closes on 14 January and KEMP are urging everyone to have their say before it’s too late.

How can you help?

King Edward Memorial Park

Even early on a cold winters day in December the park is well used by the whole community as one of our few green spaces:

For more information, please see previous Thames Tunnel articles

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  • http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    KEMP (the resident action group) are campaigning hard and have just announced they are planning a series of exhibition stands during half term so we’ll publish details as soon as they’re available.

    Interesting to see today that Boris has told Thames Water to reconsider the use of nearby Butlers Wharf – hopefully he’ll give his support here.

  • Suzy Constantine

    I want to get involved ( hoping that I am not to late) I live local and am up in arms that they want to ruin KEMP please can you let me know of any way I can get involved. Cheers SUzy

  • http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Article about sewer plans and choice of sites in yesterdays Guardian which mentions King Edward Memorial Park – extract below, but see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/13/london-super-sewer
    for full article.

    Residents in Wapping in the east of the city fear that the works due to take place on the foreshore of the river will cost them King Edwards memorial park, one of London’s “secret” gardens.

    “Our park will be turned into an industrial site for up to seven years and will be concreted over. Trees will have to be chopped down and cranes and lorries will take their place. It would be devastating – it is a secret oasis that many people in the community love coming to,” said Victoria Buxton of the community group Save King Edward Memorial Park.

    “The park will be unusable for years, and we will be left with a concrete promontory on the foreshore and two huge buildings that will deface the beautiful riverfront and spoil the view completely. It is highly unlikely people will feel like taking their children to the playground, walk their dogs or simply take a stroll in the proximity of what is effectively a sewage plant, constantly humming away and venting air from the sewer into the park and surrounding residential area,” said Wapping resident Emma Dunsire.

    “There are plenty of brownfield sites that could be used instead of ruining the best-loved park in Wapping.”

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    glad to see sensible alternatives are being proposed. Saying “We don’t want this in our back yard” helps no-one, but the alternatives sound much better. Good work.

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