Wednesday, 16 June 2010
At this public meeting last year Thames Water appeared in front of pretty angry residents but put on quite a good show, explaining what needed to be done and what their plans were. The Council, who one resident had noticed had referred to the issue as "your problem" on their website, didn't come off quite so well. They'll be hoping for a better evening next week.
Our Council and Thames Water have, of course, got form with each other. Our Council has waged a campaign of criticism against the public utility mainly about their plans to build a new sewer, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, or as the Council scarily calls it the "Super Sewer". Ultimately building this new capacity is the only way to stop both the flooding of flats and the release of raw sewage into the Thames which is also a regular occurence, leading to the threat of fines from the EU as a result.
So expect a tense meeting, and one which really does matter to those residents who suffer this most disgusting of local problems. I'd like to see more focus on the problem from our Council and less focus on flinging, er, dirt, at Thames Water. The elections are over now, after all.
The meeting takes place at 1900 in the Small Hall at Hammersmith Town Hall.
Posted by Chris Underwood at 05:24