• Consultation on £280m scheme to prevent misery of sewer flooding in Counters Creek
  • Thames Water project will protect 1,700 homes and businesses, some flooded seven times in 14 years

Residents in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are invited to have their say on a £280 million scheme designed to protect properties from the misery of sewer flooding.

Thames Water’s open consultation will focus on how and where it will construct a new storm relief sewer to safeguard 1,700 homes and businesses that have flooded in recent years across the two boroughs. It is part of a wider programme of work to manage the risk of sewer flooding which started in 2010.

The Counters Creek sewer flooding alleviation project will help protect more than a thousand homes and businesses in the area that are threatened by heavy rain, which overwhelms drains and sewers, forcing sewage to back-up in the pipes and overspill out of toilets and sinks.

Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: “Many of us remember the flooding in 2007 and the problems it caused for residents. Since then, our planning policy was changed to reduce and mitigate flood risk in the borough. But clearly this can only go so far and so we have also been working closely with Thames Water to see what they can do to alleviate the risk of flooding in the Counters Creek area.

“This is a very important consultation that will have an impact on residents while the work is being carried out but offers the best opportunity, in many years, to reduce the flooding risk in Counters Creek. I encourage everyone to let Thames Water know what they think of their proposals.”

Members of its project team will be at a series of public exhibitions and community briefings, supported by a dedicated website www.thameswater.co.uk/counterscreek during the consultation period, which runs to January 27. The remaining sessions are:Thames Water Consultation

The water company has been working on a range of other measures to further reduce the risk of sewer flooding, including fitting 700 non-return valves on properties since 2010 to stop sewage backing up through their pipes. A further 600 will be installed over the next six years.

A Thames Water study revealed the urbanisation of London has contributed to the area’s problems, with impermeable land like tarmac, which stops rainwater filtering through soil, in the Counters Creek area increasing by around 17 per cent since 1971.

This means rainwater is running straight into already-overstretched sewers built in the 1800s for a city whose population has since trebled in size.

Feedback on the project can be submitted at the meetings, by emailing consultations@thameswater.co.uk or visiting www.thameswater.co.uk/counterscreek