Super Sewer: Greg Hands discovers 29,000 lorries to use King's Road and New King’s Road

Greg Hands M.P. has discovered plans by Thames Water to route up to 29,000 lorries along New King’s Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road during construction of the Super Sewer.Should construction go ahead at Carnwath Road in Fulham, a vast number of lorry movements will be required, producing six years of traffic misery. Lorry trips would average 31 per day for two years during main tunnelling and peak at 33 per day when the tunnel is being lined.Thames Water plan to move all plant and construction materials by road to reduce costs. Only excavated spoil will be taken by barge, despite the existence of the wharf being given as one of their key reasons for using Carnwath Road. Although its transport strategy paper suggests it would be possible for nearly half of the remaining material to go by barge, it will “give the contractor the flexibility to determine the most practical and cost-effective means of transporting other materials and equipment.”

Olympic Flame comes to H&F and K&C

The Olympic Flame will blaze a trail through Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea as the boroughs gear up for the 2012 London Olympic Games.On Thursday, 26th July, H&F and K&C residents will be able to join in the excitement of the arrival of the torch and look forward to what promises to be a memorable two weeks of sport.

Hands welcomes funding to create new school places

The Department for Education has announced an additional £500 million of funding for school places. This includes over £15 million of new capital funding to expand schools in Hammersmith & Fulham, meeting the demographic need for more primary school places.

Hands leads outrage at Super Sewer plan for Fulham

Greg Hands M.P. has spoken up for Fulham residents, who are furious at Thames Water’s proposal to bore a giant Super Sewer ‘drive shaft’ in the midst of their tight-knit residential community.At the launch event for their ‘second phase’ consultation, he told Thames Water bosses that they had made the “wrong choice” in picking a residential site. He said afterwards that one battle had been lost but “the war is not over”. Thames Water’s new proposals see Fulham’s Carnwath Road replace Richmond’s Barn Elms as the preferred site for excavating the controversial Thames Tunnel.

Could you adopt?

Have you ever considered adopting? As part of National Adoption Week, both local boroughs have renewed their appeal for prospective adopters.The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is holding an adoption information evening on Thursday 24 November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Committee Rooms 3 and 4 at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX.

Tough on crime and tough on criminals

The Government has announced that more dangerous criminals will be given life sentences. There will be automatic prison sentences for knife criminals and more common sense will be brought into sentencing.

Hands welcomes new ISP policy on Internet Porn

Greg Hands M.P. has welcomed an announcement this week by Internet Service Providers that will help protect children online. It follows the early work of the cross-party Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection, run by his Conservative colleague, Claire Perry MP.