Sunbury Weir micro hydro project halted by local council

Sunbury Weir Micro Hydro

Plans to install a 440 kW micro hydro project at Sunbury Weir on the River Thames have been suspended due to concerns about the developer's proposal, HydroWorld.com has learned.

The plan -- submitted by developer Heather-Parker Projects -- includes the installation of four 3.8-meter diameter Archimedes Screw turbines, a generator building, alterations to the weir's walkway, a fish habitat area, turbine intake and canoe pass.

HP Projects' scheme was opposed by the Save Sunbury Lock Island (SSLI) group, which collected more than 500 signatures on a petition asking the Elmbridge Borough Council to require further information from the developer.

Amongst SSLI's concerns were questions regarding discrepancies and omissions in HP Projects' proposal -- particularly regarding consideration for the borough's tree protection plan and issues caused by excavation work near the lock.

The council said the project's application could be reactivated, but not until further consultations are conducted.

HydroWorld.com reported in March 2010 that the Sunbury Weir project was one of several River Thames projects being promoted by the UK Environment Agency.

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