Thames, Olympics and Raw Sewage

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-06-18
Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Reference: 
2008/1085
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

According to the Environment Agency, nearly 2 million cubic metres of raw sewage was pumped into the Thames at Crossness in July 2007. Given that improvements to the secondary capacity at Crossness sewage works are not expected to be completed until March 2014, what plans do you have to ensure that the 2012 Olympics are not blighted by enough raw sewage to fill nearly 785 Olympic sized swimming pools being pumped into the Thames around the Park at Games Time?

Answer

Answer for Thames, Olympics and Raw Sewage

Answer for Thames, Olympics and Raw Sewage

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have informed LB Bexley that I am content in principle with the planning application for extension works at Crossness. This is not, however, going to address the issue of sewer overflows in the vicinity of the Olympics. By failing to take a decision on the Tideway sewer in 2005-6, the Government has already ensured that the works to secure phase one of the Thames Tideway Sewer would not be completed before the Olympics. The completion of the Prescott Lock later this year will at least keep most of the sewage away from the immediate vicinity of the main stadium sites.