Monthly Archives:October 2016

Progress on the Pool site

Oct 21, 16
Martin Johnson
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Significant progress has been made during December concerning the pool site, as detailed in the Press Releases with links below:

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/council_government_and_democracy/council/civic-offices/departments/communications/press_office/press_releases/december_2011_press_releases/first_images_of__new__riverside_pool_site_unveiled.htm

http://www.richmond.gov.uk/home/council_government_and_democracy/council/civic-offices/departments/communications/press_office/press_releases/december_2011_press_releases/riverside_jewel_to_be_boroughs_latest_open_space.htm

There is an exhibition of the plans, with artist’s drawings, at Cafe Sunshine (Riverside, adjacent to the playground) between 11 am and 3 pm on December 28, 30 and 31, and Jan 4, 7 and 8.   On the January dates, the exhibition will also be at The Civic Centre.

Please go and have a look and record your opinion.

Secret Garden artwork revealed

Oct 21, 16
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Lord True today unveiled a 6ft x 4ft frame in The Secret Garden, in which artwork will be displayed.

It is planned to change the picture about four times each year. The present picture is based on an original by Tillemans, as described in the illustrations

27 July 2011.”Play Beach” on Champion’s Wharf

Oct 21, 16
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A few minutes after noon, the Mayor, Cllr Clare Head, formally declared open the Beach that has been made on Champion’s Wharf.  However, children (and some parents) could not wait, and the huge newly created sandpit rapidly became fully occupied.

The Play Rangers, who are funded by The Lottery, were on hand to help with the discovery of buried pirates’ treasure.

A good time was had by all, and continues to be.

TAAP

Oct 21, 16
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During the past week, the Friends of Twickenham Riverside has been keeping a close eye on the proposals put forward for the future of the Pool site in the Twickenham Area Action Plan.

The Plan was presented as an exhibition/consultation at The Civic Centre on June 11, and there was a follow-up session with the consultants on June 16.

Three scenarios were presented, covering the whole of ‘Twickenham Town Centre’.  For those who were not able to attend, we summarize below the key points in the proposals for Riverside.

It is important to appreciate that these proposals for Riverside can be considered in isolation from proposals for other parts of the town.

Descriptions of the scenarios are taken verbatim from the leaflet.

Scenario 1 (“Consolidation”):

new public open space/piazza with children’s play area, and replacement or reuse of existing buildings for community use or café/restaurant.  Relocation of market.

Scenario 2 (“Enhancement”):

mixed use of Santander block and adjacent Water Lane frontage to include specialist retail/cafés and possible small cinema/residential above and civic space.  Creation of public/space/piazza on riverside with potential for relocation of market and outdoor performances and events.

Scenario 3 (“Transformation”):

comprehensive approach to incorporate Santander building, parts of rear of King St frontage and service road and improve links between King St and Riverside.  Possible uses to include retail/cafés/residential, civic space, public open space, piazza and performance space.  Relocation of parking from Embankment to improve riverside environment. Refurbishment of King St frontage to create improved retail environment.

Friends’ comments
#1 opens up the whole site.  The proposal closely resembles the TRTG plan that has received planning permission (09/0914).

#2 and 3 both depend upon the Council getting control of the Santander building and carpark.   This is bound to take both time and money.  Some building will be involved.   What does “civic space” mean?  Council offices?   These are much longer term proposals – possibly 10 – 20 years.   #3 also appears to involve felling the mature, protected hornbeams by the service road.

All three scenarios as they appear in the Exhibition involve closure of Water Lane to traffic: eg in #1 “Closure of Water Lane to turning traffic from King St, in both directions, to allow footway changes to create an improved pedestrian link to the Thames riverside”.   What affect will this have on Eel Pie Island and those living on The Embankment?

 

Wild flower meadow for the Pool Site

Oct 21, 16
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sue-planting-11-300x225Our picture shows Friends preparing the ground and sowing wild flower seeds on the site of the old pool. The results will be visible in the summer from the Secret Garden through the viewing ports.

Boris Johnson visits Twickenham Riverside

Oct 21, 16
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boris-johnson-plants-tree-at-twickenham-riverside1-200x300On the March 10th, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, accompanied by Lord True, the Leader of Richmond Council, and Tony Arbour, our London Assembly Member, planted a tree in the newly opened  “Secret Garden” on Twickenham Riverside.

The Richmond Youth Jazz Band added to the enjoyment of the occasion.  Boris spent a considerable time chatting to members of the public.   You can see and hear him congratulating the community groups for having “put the village back into the city” on this YouTube clip.