Browned off residents have reacted to news that super sewer construction could move to Fulham by telling Thames Water: "Your plans stink."
Building the 20 mile-long Thames Tunnel, which will stop tonnes of effluent leaking into the water, requires huge compounds at various points along the river to mobilise digging equipment.
Thames Water had identified playing fields in Barnes as a preferred site for one such shaft, but has now turned its attentions to disused land in Carnwath Road, Fulham, having previously considered the area too small.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council is furious with the U-turn, saying it will wreck its regeneration plans for the area, and neighbours in the road have also been left in a state of disbelief.
If the new plans are approved, they have been warned to expect years of noise and disruption.
Communications director Vanessa Wright, who lives in Broomhouse Dock, said: "I am absolutely stunned about this proposal to build in a residential area, an area which the council has been talking about regenerating and investing in with additional facilities.
"This road is already at maximum capacity in terms of traffic and any additional traffic and construction in this area would completely destroy the environment for anyone living there."
Michelle Sampoh, who lives in a block of flats in the road, said: "It will be terrible if this happens, especially as it has been sprung on us like this. It will be awful for people with children."
IT worker James Townsend, who lives nearby, labelled the plans a 'nightmare', adding: "I haven't been here long, this is a complete shock. If I wanted to sell, how on earth am I going to be able to?"
The council believes there are other cheaper and less disruptive solutions to the sewage problem, including a proposal by construction giants Jacobs Babtie which says the scheme could be equally effective with shorter tunnel and less construction points.
It's a view shared by glass maker Adam Aaronson, who said: "Everyone is going to say they don't want the construction but there is a much bigger picture, namely that there are other alternatives.
"It's disingenuous of Thames Water to say this is the only option, and it feels like it has been steamrollered through. They want the big design – but there are other ways.
"And if this takes years to build what about the thousands of tonnes that will be leaked in the meantime?"
Lots Road resident Clare Pelham says the £3.6 billion needed to build the tunnel could be better spent on upgrading London's flood protection.
"It seems to me that there is little point spending billions cleaning the Thames when the money would be much better spent making sure that much of London is protected from floods.
"Is Thames Water pursuing this project since it has the ability to raise funds easily via our water bills while the Thames Barrier would have to be paid more directly by the taxpayer?"
Thames Water insists no decisions have been made and it will hold drop-in sessions at Hurlingham and Chelsea School on April 6/7, before carrying out technical assessments of the new sites. The next stage of the consultation will begin in September.