Jim Fitzpatrick: I'll get sewer worries dealt with
By Jim Fitzpatrick
Recently, I chaired the latest meeting between Thames Water and King Edward Memorial Park campaigners.
The project to build a new sewer causeway for London is a multi-billion pound initiative and will have impacts right along its route, from west to east London.
It has been debated in parliament and will be a key part of the new Water Bill announced in the Queen's Speech.
All three main parties support the principle of building a much-needed way to protect the Thames and its environment, and is also championed by all the green and wildlife organisations along the route.
Thames Water's original plans would have taken over much of the park for years, and this, along with the proposed vent towers that were to be constructed by the pathway, was what concerned residents.
It's important to acknowledge there have been major improvements to the original plans, including building out on the foreshore rather than the park, reducing the size of the vent shafts and proposing building a better Thames Path.
Many campaigners remain unhappy, and there is more to be done, for instance, to increase the use of the river for spoil and construction material.
This issue will run and run, and I will continue to do all I can to ensure concerns are dealt with in the most satisfactory way possible.
■ Jim Fitzpatrick is MP for Poplar and Limehouse