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Template letter to Thames Water

Below please find a template letter that you can print, sign and send to Thames Water. Alternatively, you can email this to phil.stride@thameswater.co.uk. Phil Stride is the Head of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project (the ‘Super Sewer). Please copy (cc) your email to the following people (just copy and paste into the cc field of your email):

simon@simonhughes.org.uk; valerie.shawcross@london.gov.uk; jenny.jones@london.gov.uk; peter.john@southwark.gov.uk; caroline@carolinespelman.com; eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk; mayor@london.gov.uk; martin.baggs@thameswater.co.uk; richard.aylard@thameswater.co.uk; info@tidewaytunnels.co.uk; thames.tunnel@thameswater.co.uk; stephen.walker@ofwat.gsi.gov.uk

Please be sure to include your name, address and telephone number in the email as this is essential when you contact Members of Parliament and will carry more weight with Thames Water.

Feel free to send this as it is, put it in your own words or add to it if you have other concerns. Sending a letter only takes few minutes, an email even less, but it can go a long way to help our cause.

The postal address for Phil Stride, Martin Baggs (Chief Executive of Thames Water) and Richard Aylard (External Affairs and Sustainability Director of Thames Water) is

Thames Water Utilities
Freepost SCE9923
PO BOX 522
Swindon
SN2 8LA

The postal addresses of the elected representatives are as follows:

Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP
Member of Parliament for Bermondsey & Old Southwark
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

Valerie Shawcross AM
London Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark
GLA
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA

Jenny Jones
London Assembly Member
GLA
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA

Cllr Peter John
Cabinet Suite
Southwark Town Hall
160 Tooley Street
London SE1 2TZ

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP
Defra
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London
SW1P 3JR

Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
Department for Communities and Local Government
Eland House
Bressenden Place
London
SW1E 5DU

Boris Johnson Mayor of London
Greater London Authority
City Hall
The Queen's Walk
More London
London
SE1 2AA

Mr Stephen Walker
Ofwat
Centre City Tower
7 Hill Street
Birmingham
B5 4UA



Mr Phil Stride
Thames Tunnel Consultation
Thames Water Utilities
Freepost SCE9923
PO BOX 522
Swindon
SN2 8LA

Date

Dear Mr Stride,

I am writing to you to insist that you drop our park, King’s Stairs Gardens, from the route of the ‘super sewer’ once and for all.

Using green spaces goes against all Thames Water’s environmental principles, including its statement that the loss of these areas is contributing to the sewage overflows. It has itself accepted that, where possible, work should be carried out on brownfield not greenfield sites.

Yet I understand King’s Stairs Gardens will remain on your list of options even if it no longer remains your preferred site for phase 2 of your consultation. This is completely wrong and goes against all natural justice.

It means the area will continue to be blighted, that important heritage and nature value of this area will remain under threat, that funding to improve the park will still be suspended and people will be unable to get on with their lives.
We have had enough.

Public parkland in this densely populated area is extremely important for the well being of the community and the environment.

More than 5,000 members of the public, London’s Mayor, GLA Members, our MP, the leader of Southwark Council, the leading conservationist Professor David Bellamy OBE and community and environmental groups all told Thames Water at its Phase 1 consultation that King’s Stairs Gardens should not be used.

It only takes a brief visit to recognise the park’s natural beauty, its contribution to biodiversity, the heritage of the area and its unique position by the river with magnificent views of the capital. The park is enjoyed by many thousands of people every year, including children, joggers, walkers, cyclists, tourists, picnickers, photographers, artists, dog walkers and local people who enjoy the tranquillity, fresh air, birdsong and views.

Thames Water’s plans go against the very essence of the government’s moves, as set out in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Natural Environment White Paper, to value and protect green spaces. It continues to spend more of the public's money on extensive investigations on a park that looks set to be protected under the Government's new Green Areas Designation.

I urge you to acknowledge the park’s status as part of a conservation area, its protected trees and its importance to nature.

Thames Water has bought an alternative, brownfield, site at Chambers Wharf. You should be exploring further brownfield and engineering options - not threatening our park. Viable alternatives are available to you.
I am therefore calling on Thames Water to take action immediately to remove King’s Stairs Gardens from its list of sites for the forthcoming phase 2 consultation.

Please stop playing with our park and our lives.


Yours sincerely,


[your name, address and telephone number]