Karen Buck MP has written to Thames Water to express residents’ and local business concerns at the delays to the Maida Vale Flood Alleviation Works;
Maida Vale Flood Alleviation Works
I am writing regarding the flood alleviation works that are taking place in Westbourne Green and Tamplin Mews Gardens and on Chippenham Road and Formosa Street.
I initially understood that the Chippenham Road work would take six months, Tamplin Mews Gardens would take from September 2013 to June 2014, Westbourne Green would run from September 2013 to September 2014 and Formosa Street would take from June to December 2013, with an additional month in late 2014.
Unfortunately it seems that Thames Water and Optimise are not set to meet any of these deadlines. Formosa Street is still closed to traffic and I understand that the other three sites are also experiencing delays, with works at Westbourne Green set to last until March 2015.
Residents are unhappy that much needed local green space will be out of action for even longer than anticipated and local businesses, particularly on Chippenham Road, are suffering due to a decline in footfall and passing trade.
I share residents’ concern that the ongoing disruption from these works should be minimised and steps should be taken to ensure the works are completed as quickly as possible. I would be grateful if you could let me know the reasons for the delays and let me have a commitment that the timetable residents were originally given can still be kept.
Thank you for your assistance
Karen Buck MP