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HWA views on Ham Hydro proposal

The following is the text of a letter sent by HWA Chair Mark Merrington to Mr Derek Tanner in the Council’s planning department:

Dear Mr Tanner

PLANNING APPLICATION 14/3732/FUL TEDDINGTON WEIR HYDRO SCHEME This letter contains observations on this application following representations from members of the Hampton Wick Association.

Although the Hydro scheme is of most immediate concern to Teddington (and the Association shares the concerns expressed by many as to, e.g., its appearance and the noise it will generate), the Association is most concerned as to the impact the scheme will have on the whole of the Kingston Reach, i.e. Teddington to Molesey.

As we understand it, the possible consequences of the scheme to provide for flood relief from Datchet to Weybridge are that river flow and river levels in Kingston Reach may be substantially increased but a Hydro scheme built now might restrict the capacity of the weir to deal with future levels and flow. In the circumstances, the Association shares the view (already expressed by others) that it would be better to postpone a decision on the Hydro scheme until the Datchet to Weybridge scheme is in place and its impacts fully assessed. It also seems right to the Association that the latter scheme should be given priority over the Hydro scheme.

Yours sincerely

Mark Merrington

Chairman The Hampton Wick Association

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