Earlier work under way at Romney -
where the hydroelectric power plan is in operation

The go-ahead has been given to another hydroelectric scheme on the river - and an application has been lodged for a further one.

The news comes shortly after Richmond planners approved the controversial scheme at Teddington and Ham. See our recent story. Despite the decision by borough councillors the nearby Lensbury Club at Teddington, which says the noise from the turbines will affect its events business, says it is considering legal action in a bid to halt it.

Now further upstream Runnymede councillors have voted unanimously in favour of a scheme at Bell Weir near Staines.

Both of these are being undertaken by Southeast Power Engineering which is responsible for the plant at Romney which supplies power to Windsor Castle. The company is now involved in detailed planning of both and talking to manufacturers to begin the engineering process.

Meanwhile at Goring, a £1.5 million hydroelectric plant is planned on the western bank of the lock island. Goring and Streatley Community Energy has applied for planning permission for three archimedes screws estimated to produce 850 megawatt-hours annually, or enough power for 300 homes.

South Oxfordshire District Council is expected to make a decision by next month. An earlier application for the same site was withdrawn after the Environment Agency objected to the environemtnal study. The applicants say the EA is now satisfied.

Story dated October 2nd 2015