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Save Barn Elms from Thames Waters Plans to construct the super sewers main drive shaft

We are a coalition of residents, councils, MPs and GLA members joining forces to defend an unspoilt stretch of the River Thames riverbank from seven years of construction misery.

Alistair McGowan, Peter Snow and Caroline Langrishe are among the high profile names backing the pressure group's campaign.

We are opposed to Thames Water's plans to construct the main shaft of the proposed Thames Tunnel at Barn Elms.
We believe there are alternative sites which offer less impact to our community, wildlife & quality of life for local residents!
Thames Water wants to choose Barn Elms playing fields, between Putney & Barnes to build one of only two ‘MAIN DRIVE SHAFT SITES’ required to drill the Thames Super Sewer Tunnel.
The work will be continuous for 7 years minimum A cleaner Thames is needed, but a Main Drive Shaft Site should be built on industrial land, not a unique area that includes a Special Site of Metropolitan Interest & Bat Corridor & protected trees (the towpath), close to a National Site of Special Scientific Interest (The Wetland Centre).
Barn Elms is adjacent to one of the most famous and unique stretches of river in the world (home of the University Boat Race), the Embankment Conservation Area, is close to homes and businesses, and is used as sports fields by at least 10 schools. Access to the river and towpath will be restricted during construction. The area could be disrupted by up to 10 trucks per hour accessing the site 24/7 and by arc lit construction at night.

Take action against this. Pls fill in
www.gopetition.com/petition/40513html or go to http://www.stoptheshaft.org or Stop the Shaft (SaveBarnElms) on Twitter or contact us at tunnel.putney@gmail.com
LET’S HELP THAMES WATER, WANDSWORTH AND RICHMOND COUNCILS AND PLA FIND A MORE SUITABLE SITE… BEFORE THE DAMAGE IS DONE FOREVER - we only have until the end of Aug to object.

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      • Joanne TaylorJoanne Taylor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is important to try and keep these limited green spaces in London. This is SHORT TERM and LAZY thinking from a profit making company. They should not be allowed to trample over this green space which contributes to the health and well-being of the local people, environment and wildlife. Another more suitable area should be found.

      • Ben MeadBen Mead commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Barnes Elms is one of the most beautiful parts of the Thames and it would be a travesty if it was destroyed.

      • Deborah ColellaDeborah Colella commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is not a suitable site for such a facility. Is there no end to industry's lack of regard for the environment? Time for a rethink, Thames Water. The world is no longer geared for your singular regard for profit at the expense of everything else.

      • Penny PhillipsPenny Phillips commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Barn Elms should NOT be treated as or regarded as negotiable currency. It is an irreplaceable area of vital social, aesthetic and environmental importance. The shaft is daft.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Population pressures are taking away our few remaining urban green fields. We must preserve these for the children of the future. Barn Elms is beautiful and accessible to anyone who chooses to visit. Pls help us save it

      • Helen SmithHelen Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We cannot afford to lose this recreational facility and the natural environment of this lovely area.

      • Paolo SidoliPaolo Sidoli commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Whilst the proposed Thames Tunnel is clearly needed, the proposed location for the construction of the main shaft at Barn Elmes (and the smaller shaft close to Putney Bridge) is and remains a highly unsatisfactory proposal when there are alternative viable brown field sites available for consideration. I urge you to reconsider the proposed scheme.

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