Counters Creek floodwater plans

There’s a £200M plan to divert floodwater in the Counters Creek catchment that will go straight through Notting Hill and Holland Park. As well as a new storm relief sewer, the Thames Water proposal includes anti-flooding devices and improvements to local sewers. Thames water says: “As well as delivering a new storm relief sewer that runs through the Counters Creek catchment, we have also identified a number of places where our smaller local sewers are struggling to cope with sudden heavy downpours.” Last week there was a consultation meeting with RBKC and Thames Water which left some people worried. One resident felt it has all been kept very quiet and that only now projected works are coming into force the low key meetings have started. “I was most unimpressed with both the presentation and the information given to residents,” says resident Sarah Cooke. “Firstly, all the maps showing the proposed disruption to both traffic flow and the installation of signs and the actual path of the floodwater system that is proposed … they didn’t know street names, the representatives didn’t seem to be well informed as to the precise location so the consultation meeting was really very tokenistic I felt. I didn’t feel they were sincerely trying to interact with local people and find out local people’s views. I felt the project was being imposed upon us, which nobody likes.” The impact to traffic is going to be enormous because they will block off roads and burrow under the houses to lay new drainage pipes. Now residents are trying to get more information about how RBKC is going to mitigate the impact. We’ll keep you posted. thameswater

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