Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group

A riverside in trust for the community

A Letter of Introduction

From the Twickenham Riverside Terrace Project Group

Dear Local Residents,

The planning application for the Twickenham Riverside Terrace was approved in July by the Council’s Planning Control Sub-Committee. This proposal, conceived by a group of local residents, will provide a landscaped public park fronted by a terrace at first floor level, overlooking the river with arches below to house a cafe, toilets, boat hire, etc. The grass, trees and water will make a beautiful oasis adjacent to the town centre and a fine continuation of the Thames riverscape.

This proposal is an alternative to the Dawnay Day Scheme, favoured by the present Council administration, for a major development of several 3- to 4- storey blocks to house 50 luxury flats and commercial units. Such a large scale development would, we believe, be completely out of scale and out of character with this very special riverside setting. This is the third attempt by developers to build over this public open space, and great efforts will be needed yet again to ensure it does not succeed.

The most effective and potent ingredient in this campaign will be the pressure of public opinion. Since the next Council election is now due in less than nine months (May, 2002) the current incumbent councillors will perhaps soon become more sensitive to the voice of the electorate.

We welcome your views and comments on the proposal. Please come to the meeting on Monday, 15 October. If you are able to offer your time, skills, or expertise to the project, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Alternatively, you may just wish to register your support.

Yours sincerely,

Ron Chappell, Julia Hathaway, Trevor Sutton, Clive Wren, Ken Elmes, Henry Greenfield, Peter Boardman, Judy Maciejowska, and John Reekie

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