London’s £4.2bn super-sewer is in big trouble - why?

The government is under fire for not following the “correct legal process” to approve London’s £4.2bn super-sewer.

Hammersmith and Fulham council leader Stephen Cowan has hit out ministers for approving the project without considering ramifications published in an official report.

Cowan blamed local Tory MP Greg Hands for setting aside a preferred site in Fulham, which could result it thousands of peopls’s love being “blighted”. However, Hands said that ministers had followed the correct process.

Cowan told the Standard: “It’s highly questionable as to when they actually made this decision, how much they’ve listened and whether they’ve followed the correct legal process.”

He added: “As far back as July 9, Greg Hands refused to take my suggestion of using the Carnwath Road site as a free school to the Secretary of State, on the basis it was being set aside for the super-sewer. I don’t believe the Government has played straight.”

Construction work is due to begin in 2016.

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