Dear Thames Water, Thank you for consulting with us. I am against the proposed plan as it impacts my family's health, life style and worsens the living conditions in the area. I moved to Beckton in Decemer 2013 and live at the end of Winsor Terrace, closer to the plant. So far the biggest highlight of this area is the strong and unpleasant odour from sewage treatment. The bad odour covers a large territory, including two shopping centres(Gallions Reach and Triangle Park), the entire neighbourhoud (north of Beckton DLR staiton) and all the recreation grounds in the area. The problem gets worse during warm weathers, to the extent one can't stay inside the house. Even timing the sewage treatment during nights and mornings doesn't improve the conditions, as we have to all breathe the contaminated air. It's not uncommon sight to see shop doors closed during summers, because of this issue. I personally know a number of my neighbours who resists to shop in the area due to the same problem. This means we can't live in the house, can't use the public spaces and can't shop in the area and could potentially develop health problems linked to the constant air contamination. Although I am at work during the day, my wife and my newborn child spend most of their time at home. They alongside many others are the most vulnerable and at risk. Bad odour is reported on many forums relating to Beckton and directly impacts the house prices. A house with similar features and amenities has a higher value. This obviously has an economic impact for those who live in the area. Additionally, surveyor reports from houses sold in the area show that the soil is turning soft increasing the risk of subsidence in the area. Increasing the plant capacity is likely to increase this geological risk, which subsequently increases the insurance premiums that are already high linked to the activity of the plant. While I understand the works are proposed to serve the needs of the wider public, we as residents do not carry the same risks relating to our health, lifestyle and welfare. I very much hope the above points will be taken into account and proposed plans blocked to stop the problem from getting worse for the residents.
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