BY JAMES TWOMEY
Residents are fuming that a planning application has been lodged which will see at least 80 Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) per day re-routed down residential roads to service the construction of an enormous sewage system.
The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a huge sewage network under construction with one of the excavation points in Norman Road, Greenwich.
The vehicles were originally planned to access Norman Road via Blackheath Road and Greenwich High Road, which are main roads.
The proposed new route will take the HGVs down Greenwich South Street and the north side of Greenwich High Road, which circle around residential areas.
Tim Sweeney, whose mother lives in the proposed area in Queen Elizabeth College, said: “It’s absolutely shocking.
“The residents have very grave and serious concerns over the impact this will have on their homes, their lives and their health.
“I’ve never heard of this type of plan being introduced anywhere else, it’s a major part of Greenwich there are loads of tourists here and we’re not even sure if the roads have seen that volume of traffic before.
“The local residents are extremely worried and concerned environmental impacts on residents and visitors to Greenwich of running about 110 HGV lorries per day down two residential roads.”
The proposed application would see 80 lorries a day for three months on a trial period and then at least 120 a day for a further 12-15 months.
A holding area has been proposed for the HGVs to park in Greenwich High Road which would take up the existing space on the road.
At a Greenwich council planning committee meeting last week, residents raised the issue but Greenwich council has deferred the decision.
A spokeswoman for Greenwich council said: “More information is required from the applicant to justify the chosen option and whether other sites could be used.”
A spokesman for Thames Tideway said: “As we build London’s new super sewer to clean up the River Thames from sewage pollution, we are aiming to move as much material as we can by river.
Where this isn’t possible, we will need to use HGVs and, as part of our work at Greenwich, we require a holding area to manage HGV movements to site.
“The location of this holding area is still under discussion and we continue to engage with the local community to minimise disruption.”