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Packed public meeting at Richmond Council HQ


Thames Water joined the meeting remotely


Teddington Weir at the centre of the controversial plans


There was a huge turnout for a  Richmond Council public council meeting last night as part of its fight against Thames Water’s abstraction plans at Teddington Weir.

Local residents still have the chance to make their views known about the controversial Teddington Direct River Abstraction proposal before December 11 (Monday)

At a packed meeting last night where residents and local campaigners said the proposals were unsound for social, environmental and financial reasons.

The panel included Panel: Chair: Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council Cllr Julia Neden-Watts, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Services Committee Paul Chadwick, Richmond Council’s Director of Environment and Community Services Ian McNuff, local resident and founding member of Save our Lands and River Alice Lankester, Save our Lands and River

Thames Water’s team team joined the meeting remotely and was represented by Leonie Dubois, Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Consents and Robert Bromley, Project Manager, Thames Water.

Local MP Munira Wilson, who is also against the plans, has said she will be raising the community’s ongoing concerns with Thames Water, The Environment Agency and the Government.

Council Leader, Cllr. Gareth Roberts said before last night’s meeting at York House: “Last month all Richmond councillors voiced their serious concerns about these plans and while we will continue to put our representations to Thames Water as the land-owning Council, we also want to make sure residents have all the information they need to have their say in the consultation on these plans.

“Whether it is to understand the impact on our local parks and our natural habitats, or how exactly the project will tackle future water shortages, there will be knowledgeable experts on hand to answer questions.”

You can read about the project and how to express your views here:



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