This’ll spark the conspiracy theories — as it turns out that part of the planned “super sewer” under the River Thames could be subject to an issue affecting National Security.
One of those dull notices that I find so fascinating appeared in yesterday’s Evening Standard and in that dull bureaucratic way noted that an application was being made under Section 95A of the Planning Act 2008.
That particular clause lets the government ensure that comments about a planning application be held in private where the disclosure of information could affect defence or national security.
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Ohhh I hear you say! Why would a large sewer running deep (very deep) under the Thames affect National Security?
Is there a secret base under the Thames?
Were the rumors about the Papists correct?
Well, sadly, I am going to make a guess as dull as the notice itself.
Well, considering that a certain spy agency has a rather large and visible office right on the riverbank at Vauxhall it doesn’t take much to conclude that the likelihood is that the spooks have some concerns about a load of builders clambering over their river frontage.
As with most thinks affecting spies, they just like to keep their conversations private, hence the notice triggering Section 95A of the planning laws.
Unless there really is a secret tunnel between MI6 and Westminster?
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