Stop Building Houses On Top Of Raw Sewage

Target: John Braam, Managing Director of Environmental and Engineering Services of Coves, London

Goal: Halt the construction of a new London housing development that is infected with raw sewage.

Construction of a London housing development is moving forward despite the flow of raw sewage underneath the new properties. Although affordable single-bedroom housing units would help the residents of London’s neighborhood in Coves, the people that move into the units would all be affected by infectious disease. Raw sewage causes everything from gastroenteritis to hepatitis to asthma to lung disease. Stop the Coves’ housing development until a plan is established to rid the area of raw sewage.

The property for the new housing development current sits vacant, and vacant properties inevitably bring uncertainty to neighborhoods. But despite the construction project’s promise, nearby residents are concerned about the environmental risks associated with utilizing the property in its current state. Friends of the Coves leader, Thom McClenaghan stated, “There is still raw sewage flowing in the Coves ESA. Where it is coming from is still a question. I’m told there are still combined pipes still existing where there is storm water and sewage in the same pipe.”

Sign the below petition to urge the Coves environmental department to conduct testing to verify the projected effects of raw sewage flowing around the newly proposed housing development. The department must conduct and analyze dye testing results to measure the impact of the current level of raw sewage upon humans and cease construction, if necessary.

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Dear Mr. Braam,

I am urging you and your department to conduct dye testing and other waste safety tests to measure the impact of raw waste in Coves’ new housing development area. It is unacceptable for your community to build new houses on top of toxic raw sewage. Existing storm water management systems must be utilized and better waste management services must be implemented to ensure public safety.

You have acknowledged that there very well may be raw sewage flowing under the new housing development, yet you have refused to halt construction. While your efforts to support affordable housing are commendable, you must first take the health of your new residents into consideration. Please work with the capable local environmental groups to solve the raw sewage crisis before moving forward any construction processes.


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  1. Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed! Please sign this petition.

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