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Panel to review River Thames 'super-sewer' plan

posted 1 Oct 2011, 11:45 by Putney Bridge CC   [ updated 1 Oct 2011, 11:56 ]

A panel of experts is to review plans to build a £3.6bn "super-sewer" across London.

Thames Water wants to build the sewer from west to east London to stop millions of tonnes of sewage leaking into the River Thames every year.

The Thames Tunnel Commission, sponsored by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, will examine whether the 20-mile (32km) tunnel is the best solution.

A second phase of consultation on the plan is due to start in the autumn.

A 14-week consultation on the proposal ended in January.

On Monday, Environment Minister Richard Benyon met Thames Water bosses and representatives from the 14 London councils that would be affected by the sewer.

Opponents to the scheme have raised concerns over the impact of construction works on parks and house prices as well as the cost to Londoners.

But Thames Water maintains the tunnel is vital to cut pollution which kills fish, damages wildlife and poses a health hazard.

Hybrid scheme

Lord Selborne, who will lead the team scrutinising the plans, said: "I welcome the opportunity to pose the questions that millions of water bill payers are starting to ask.