Tanks but no tanks

This Is Wiltshire: Residents are complaining about Thames Water’s plans to build two sewage tanks on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Pictured are Andrew Hargreaves, Linda Hayes, Brian McLean and Roland Hayes Residents are complaining about Thames Water’s plans to build two sewage tanks on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Pictured are Andrew Hargreaves, Linda Hayes, Brian McLean and Roland Hayes

RESIDENTS have reacted with anger and frustration at plans being put forward by Thames Water to extend the sewer network in North Swindon by installing two storage tanks on Queen Elizabeth Drive.

The water company has said it is to prevent flooding and to support future housing developments in the area, such as Tadpole Farm.

But locals say not only will the work cause a huge amount of disruption during construction, but it will also create a huge smell, as the tanks will be ventilated.

The proposals were first put to residents in the summer, but after coming up against strong opposition from residents and councillors, Thames Water said it would go away to reconsider the plans.

The updated scheme will see the tanks being put in at the same place but with several surrounding alterations, including six foot high vents being placed at ground level.

Local residents have likened the new plans to Groundhog Day, believing they are very similar to the previous proposal. They say alternative locations have not been given enough consideration.

David Parkinson, 50, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, said: “It beggars belief how they think they are going to get away with this.

“The new plans look simply as though they have been put forward so the company can avoid having to go for as much planning permission.

“When we first saw the plans we were told the ventilation pipes were being put in to avoid the smell in the houses, but now they have put it at ground level, which will surely exasperate the problem.”

One of the main reasons being given is that it will help upgrade the network in preparation for housing developments, leaving residents wondering why they should have to deal with the problems elsewhere.

Many of the residents have suggested moving the site to Mouldon Hill, but Thames Water has rejected the suggestion.

“Mouldon Hill would be a much better place for them to locate the two tanks but it would appear that is not somewhere they will consider,” said David.

“For me it seems far more sensible to put the tanks away from where people are living. One reason given for the tanks is that they will help deal with flooding problems but with all the recent rain we have had I have not seen any flooding here.

“Thames Water have said to me the tanks can overflow so in effect they are creating a potential flood problem in an area which does not have a problem at the moment.”

Thames Water has organised a drop-in session next Wednesday with its contractors for residents and say that it will address concerns then.

A spokesman for the company said: “We understand that residents have some questions about the work we’re proposing in Taw Hill and encourage them to come and see us at the drop-in session on Wednesday so we can discuss them face to face.”

The drop-in session will be held at St Francis CE School on Aitken Road in Taw Hill between 4pm and 8pm.

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6:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

dogchops says...

They don't won't buses, they don't want tanks, next is they don't want the airfield going in there. Well not in my back yard any rate.
They don't won't buses, they don't want tanks, next is they don't want the airfield going in there. Well not in my back yard any rate. dogchops
  • Score: 16

8:04am Fri 17 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

I feel for the people who have bought houses without knowing this could happen but our poop has to go somewhere, maybe if you promise not to go there will be no need for these tanks, oh wait
I feel for the people who have bought houses without knowing this could happen but our poop has to go somewhere, maybe if you promise not to go there will be no need for these tanks, oh wait Localboy86
  • Score: 4

8:33am Fri 17 Jan 14

stfcdod says...

There are thousands of these tanks throughout the country that cause no problems whatsoever, so I don't really understand what their gripe is. If they did a little research they could have found this out themselves. Could this be a simple case of NIMBYism?.
These residents are part of the major housing developments that have sprung up around Swindon in the past couple of decades. Do they not think that big housing developments need the services to go with them?.
There are thousands of these tanks throughout the country that cause no problems whatsoever, so I don't really understand what their gripe is. If they did a little research they could have found this out themselves. Could this be a simple case of NIMBYism?. These residents are part of the major housing developments that have sprung up around Swindon in the past couple of decades. Do they not think that big housing developments need the services to go with them?. stfcdod
  • Score: 10

8:35am Fri 17 Jan 14

Osiris says...

If we (or Thames Water) have learned anything from the recent dealings with developers', it's that if you wave enough wonga at SBC, and repeat the mantra 'jobs, jobs, jobs', then you can pretty much build wherever you like with minimal interference...
If we (or Thames Water) have learned anything from the recent dealings with developers', it's that if you wave enough wonga at SBC, and repeat the mantra 'jobs, jobs, jobs', then you can pretty much build wherever you like with minimal interference... Osiris
  • Score: -2

8:53am Fri 17 Jan 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

The biggest smell from Queen Elizabeth Drive won't be from the tanks....... Think politician(s) who live on that road/neighbourhood :)
The biggest smell from Queen Elizabeth Drive won't be from the tanks....... Think politician(s) who live on that road/neighbourhood :) LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 0

9:48am Fri 17 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

How many people in this area objected to Tadpole Farm, Ridgeway Farm, etc? Or did they think it wouldn't affect them so didn't bother? Indeed one or two of them may have called those that objected on the basis of inadequate infrastructure NIMBY's.

Chickens coming home to roost now then?
How many people in this area objected to Tadpole Farm, Ridgeway Farm, etc? Or did they think it wouldn't affect them so didn't bother? Indeed one or two of them may have called those that objected on the basis of inadequate infrastructure NIMBY's. Chickens coming home to roost now then? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 5

11:59am Fri 17 Jan 14

Robh says...

"Thames Water has organised a drop-in session next Wednesday with its contractors for residents and say that it will address concerns then"

We had that with Crest Homes about Tadpole Farm and that was a complete farce of disinformation, lies and deceit. Try and find out what SBC Planning have already agreed.
"Thames Water has organised a drop-in session next Wednesday with its contractors for residents and say that it will address concerns then" We had that with Crest Homes about Tadpole Farm and that was a complete farce of disinformation, lies and deceit. Try and find out what SBC Planning have already agreed. Robh
  • Score: -1

12:20pm Fri 17 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Robh wrote:
"Thames Water has organised a drop-in session next Wednesday with its contractors for residents and say that it will address concerns then"

We had that with Crest Homes about Tadpole Farm and that was a complete farce of disinformation, lies and deceit. Try and find out what SBC Planning have already agreed.
Well someone in Capita told me they are already adding the Biomass plant to their IT systems so that is clearly a done deal, so nothing would surprise you with that lot!!!
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: "Thames Water has organised a drop-in session next Wednesday with its contractors for residents and say that it will address concerns then" We had that with Crest Homes about Tadpole Farm and that was a complete farce of disinformation, lies and deceit. Try and find out what SBC Planning have already agreed.[/p][/quote]Well someone in Capita told me they are already adding the Biomass plant to their IT systems so that is clearly a done deal, so nothing would surprise you with that lot!!! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

The man on the right isn't folding his arms correctly. Bad, bad boy!!!
The man on the right isn't folding his arms correctly. Bad, bad boy!!! Davey Gravey
  • Score: 3

3:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

stfcdod says...

Robh wrote:
"Thames Water has organised a drop-in session next Wednesday with its contractors for residents and say that it will address concerns then"

We had that with Crest Homes about Tadpole Farm and that was a complete farce of disinformation, lies and deceit. Try and find out what SBC Planning have already agreed.
'Thames Water have organised a drop in session'. What do you drop in t, one of the tanks?.
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: "Thames Water has organised a drop-in session next Wednesday with its contractors for residents and say that it will address concerns then" We had that with Crest Homes about Tadpole Farm and that was a complete farce of disinformation, lies and deceit. Try and find out what SBC Planning have already agreed.[/p][/quote]'Thames Water have organised a drop in session'. What do you drop in t, one of the tanks?. stfcdod
  • Score: 2

3:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

The Real Librarian says...

You have two options

1. Leave.
2. Live with it.

Thames Water are bigger than you and don't care what you or anyone in Swindon think. They are a massive company run for the benefit of people in London.
You have two options 1. Leave. 2. Live with it. Thames Water are bigger than you and don't care what you or anyone in Swindon think. They are a massive company run for the benefit of people in London. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 3

4:53pm Fri 17 Jan 14

swinres says...

Like I said before, residents in areas which have been established for over 80 years are having to have the tanks built by their properties and having to put up with the disruption to cope with the waste from all the excessive development around the town. Therefore it is only fair that those who are the cause of the problem should share in the solution and not be exempt just because they happen to own four bed detached houses and consider themselves more important than the rest. So if you do not want the tanks to store your own waste then nor do we so send it elsewhere please.
Like I said before, residents in areas which have been established for over 80 years are having to have the tanks built by their properties and having to put up with the disruption to cope with the waste from all the excessive development around the town. Therefore it is only fair that those who are the cause of the problem should share in the solution and not be exempt just because they happen to own four bed detached houses and consider themselves more important than the rest. So if you do not want the tanks to store your own waste then nor do we so send it elsewhere please. swinres
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

John Smith II says...

Apparently some new housing has been built around Swindon that needs infrastrucutre to accompany it - a bit like those in the background...

It's a bit like buying a house with a cracking view - the only difficulty being that the view isn't guaranteed in the long term unless you own that as well.
Apparently some new housing has been built around Swindon that needs infrastrucutre to accompany it - a bit like those in the background... It's a bit like buying a house with a cracking view - the only difficulty being that the view isn't guaranteed in the long term unless you own that as well. John Smith II
  • Score: 3

9:46pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

The councillors in that area will be of little use
The councillors in that area will be of little use Empty Car Park
  • Score: -3

10:36pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Localboy86 says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
The councillors in that area will be of little use
That's because he spends all his time in here
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: The councillors in that area will be of little use[/p][/quote]That's because he spends all his time in here Localboy86
  • Score: 0

2:23pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
The man on the right isn't folding his arms correctly. Bad, bad boy!!!
Is that meant to be funny?

And I see you've been playing with the thumbs voting.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: The man on the right isn't folding his arms correctly. Bad, bad boy!!![/p][/quote]Is that meant to be funny? And I see you've been playing with the thumbs voting. Empty Car Park
  • Score: -4

5:49pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote:
The man on the right isn't folding his arms correctly. Bad, bad boy!!!
Is that meant to be funny?

And I see you've been playing with the thumbs voting.
So you've created a mirror account in an attempt to get at the real Empty Car Park. Well done troll. Hopefully site mods will actually do their job and sort you out!
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: The man on the right isn't folding his arms correctly. Bad, bad boy!!![/p][/quote]Is that meant to be funny? And I see you've been playing with the thumbs voting.[/p][/quote]So you've created a mirror account in an attempt to get at the real Empty Car Park. Well done troll. Hopefully site mods will actually do their job and sort you out! Davey Gravey
  • Score: -4

9:19pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Thanks Davey Gravey.
It would have been easy to fall for the trolls baiting.

You are correct.
He has somehow created a mirror account.

Great that he sees me as enough of a thread to do so.

He is truly a sad, twisted individual.
Thanks Davey Gravey. It would have been easy to fall for the trolls baiting. You are correct. He has somehow created a mirror account. Great that he sees me as enough of a thread to do so. He is truly a sad, twisted individual. Empty Car Park
  • Score: -3

9:26pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Thanks Davey Gravey.
It would have been easy to fall for the trolls baiting.

You are correct.
He has somehow created a mirror account.

Great that he sees me as enough of a THREAT to do so.

He is truly a sad, twisted individual.
Thanks Davey Gravey. It would have been easy to fall for the trolls baiting. You are correct. He has somehow created a mirror account. Great that he sees me as enough of a THREAT to do so. He is truly a sad, twisted individual. Empty Car Park
  • Score: -3

6:25am Sun 19 Jan 14

Ringer says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Thanks Davey Gravey.
It would have been easy to fall for the trolls baiting.

You are correct.
He has somehow created a mirror account.

Great that he sees me as enough of a THREAT to do so.

He is truly a sad, twisted individual.
'Mirror Account' - as if that's even possible, LOVL :-)
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Thanks Davey Gravey. It would have been easy to fall for the trolls baiting. You are correct. He has somehow created a mirror account. Great that he sees me as enough of a THREAT to do so. He is truly a sad, twisted individual.[/p][/quote]'Mirror Account' - as if that's even possible, LOVL :-) Ringer
  • Score: 5

10:00am Sun 19 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

And yet you started the whole scenario and started logging in as ChannelX.

Nobody else views these threads as the ultimate political platform.
Nobody else cares enough about thumb votes.
Those with enough computer programming knowledge to do the above generally have better things to do in life than corrupt a readers comment section for political gain
And yet you started the whole scenario and started logging in as ChannelX. Nobody else views these threads as the ultimate political platform. Nobody else cares enough about thumb votes. Those with enough computer programming knowledge to do the above generally have better things to do in life than corrupt a readers comment section for political gain Empty Car Park
  • Score: -4

2:47pm Sun 19 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
And yet you started the whole scenario and started logging in as ChannelX.

Nobody else views these threads as the ultimate political platform.
Nobody else cares enough about thumb votes.
Those with enough computer programming knowledge to do the above generally have better things to do in life than corrupt a readers comment section for political gain
No, somebody managed to create a mirror account using my Ringer login. As I very clearly told you (so it's no surprise you still don't understand it), I no longer use that login because it was cloned. The above post under the Ringer login was no my doing.

YOU were the person who claimed that my Ringer account hadn't been cloned. YOU said it wasn't possible.

It's interesting to note that somebody has already mirrored my new ChannelX login - presumably the same person as before. Looks like they've also done the same to you.

'Political gain'? Have a word with yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: And yet you started the whole scenario and started logging in as ChannelX. Nobody else views these threads as the ultimate political platform. Nobody else cares enough about thumb votes. Those with enough computer programming knowledge to do the above generally have better things to do in life than corrupt a readers comment section for political gain[/p][/quote]No, somebody managed to create a mirror account using my Ringer login. As I very clearly told you (so it's no surprise you still don't understand it), I no longer use that login because it was cloned. The above post under the Ringer login was no my doing. YOU were the person who claimed that my Ringer account hadn't been cloned. YOU said it wasn't possible. It's interesting to note that somebody has already mirrored my new ChannelX login - presumably the same person as before. Looks like they've also done the same to you. 'Political gain'? Have a word with yourself. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Nope.
It's just you and your politico anti Labour hogwash.

I have no political allegiances whatsoever
Nope. It's just you and your politico anti Labour hogwash. I have no political allegiances whatsoever Empty Car Park
  • Score: -4

8:02am Mon 20 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Nope.
It's just you and your politico anti Labour hogwash.

I have no political allegiances whatsoever
If you truly have 'no political allegiances whatsoever', why do you automatically and immediately react so badly whenever anyone dares criticise anything to do with the Labour party, especially the local Labour party, and why do you automatically and immediately slate anything and everything the local Tories say or do?

'No political allegiances whatsoever' - yeah, right.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Nope. It's just you and your politico anti Labour hogwash. I have no political allegiances whatsoever[/p][/quote]If you truly have 'no political allegiances whatsoever', why do you automatically and immediately react so badly whenever anyone dares criticise anything to do with the Labour party, especially the local Labour party, and why do you automatically and immediately slate anything and everything the local Tories say or do? 'No political allegiances whatsoever' - yeah, right. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

9:49am Mon 20 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

All in your head
All in your head Empty Car Park
  • Score: -2

10:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
All in your head
And all over these comments sections, unfortunately for you.
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: All in your head[/p][/quote]And all over these comments sections, unfortunately for you. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

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