Funny Goings On In Hersham…..and it stinks!

 

Funny Goings On In Hersham…..and it stinks!

The Hersham Hub received an email from a concerned family in Hersham last night asking us for some advice…

There have been questions asked recently in Hersham’s Premier Facebook Group regarding some odd activity regarding tankers near Laithwaites on Molesey Road.

My immediate, and obviously incorrect as usual, assumption was that it was something to do with the Lidl development…

But no….

The Hersham Hub then received an email from a concerned family in Hersham last night asking us (we’ve blanked out the road name but relates to a residential area near the Burwood area) the following:

Hi there not sure if you’ve heard anything but we’ve noticed a sudden and v significant appearance of sewage tankers along ______ Road the last week. They access ______ from the roundabout and turn left at the end onto Burfield towards Hersham. We haven’t seen any travelling back along ______ road.

Many of the wagons are through a contractor MTS who I wrote to and are apparently doing work for Thames water who have a problem at one of their processing plants.

They travel along numbering c 15+  convoy like along the road typically after hours as if to pass unnoticed- they make the house shake! And also this morning there was one parked up in a side residential road- ! I wouldn’t expect a bus in a tiny side road let alone a sewage tanker??? What on Earth should we think?!”

Have you or anyone else noticed this and discovered anything and do you have any idea where all these wagons and their waste are going and how long this might continue?

So what is going on?

And how is this going to impact the proposed part road closure for Molesey Road Gas Works starting on the 2nd, which are now potentially going to last 3 weeks rather than the initially advertised 2 weeks?

I had no idea.

So did what all Hersham Residents do when they need help, advice or assistance – Call Mary Sheldon

And this is what Mary has since found out after spending nearly an hour this afternoon in a tanker-side portakabin.

And shared with us (reminds me a bit of that programme Undercover Boss)

On March 15th A gravity sewer collapsed just the other side of Hersham Station (hence the road closure up there), which has caused a major engineering incident – apparently there is a huge hole the size of a small house currently being repaired.

Before I continue with the detail, if you have any questions or concerns about the tankers and/or the emergency works going on these contact details have been provided by Thames Water:

“If you have any questions and need to talk to us about this, please contact our 24 hour Customer Contact Centre on 0800 316 9800. Please quote your address and the reference number 0022/51WLHL.”

So tankers are ‘pumping out’ (not my phrase – use your imagination!), opposite the Lidl site, there are efforts to redistribute this ‘pumping out’ to reduce the impact to Hersham and, all going well, this should be much reduced by the end of the week.

In addition tankers are travelling to and from Staines or Chertsey to support the ‘pumping out’.

There is a general consensus that should the ‘tanker activity’ still be at a significant level after the weekend the proposed gas works, and subsequent Molesey Road closure for gas works for the Lidl site, will not go ahead.

I have published details of letters sent to local residents and businesses that Thames Water predicted would be impacted by the works.

There are letters to Esher residents too as some of the tankers have been going to the Esher Sewerage Plant to “unload” and had a few problems with the residents there as they were arriving quite late.

As you can imagine there has been some duplication of content so I have used editorial discretion to aggregate the information across the 3 letters to condense it into a single body of text.

We have included individual links to each letter in its original form at the end of this post.

From Thames Water:

Notice of work   

Dear Resident/As a local business

We are writing to update you on the work we are carrying out on our assets near the North Weylands Industrial Estate in Walton On Thames and at Esher Sewage Treatments Works.

What we are doing

Following the collapse of a gravity sewer on 15 March 2018, emergency works have been ongoing to make the necessary repairs on our assets. There are still no interruptions to the wastewater service we provide in the area and the temporary tankering remains in place to ensure continuity of service.

Due to the heightened tankering activity in your area, we are realigning our flow management plans and will be rerouting some of the tankers to other treatment works in order to minimise any impact to you. You will still see a number of tankers as part of the wider operations, but the impact in your area will be reduced. We’d like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in this matter.

While we’re working nearby we’ll try to keep noise and our vehicle movements to a minimum. As mentioned above, there will be no direct impact to the water and wastewater services we provide to your property however we are more than happy to discuss anything that is unclear. We’d like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Find out more

If you have any questions and need to talk to us about this, please contact our 24 hour Customer Contact Centre on 0800 316 9800. Please quote your address and the reference number BB970971.

Yours faithfully

Thames Water”

There is a general consensus that should the ‘tanker activity’ still be at a significant level after the weekend the proposed gas works, and subsequent Molesey Road closure for gas works for the Lidl site, will not go ahead.

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