Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group

A riverside in trust for the community

Letter to Tom McKevitt, Joint Development Manager, PFI & PPP, LBRut

Re: Twickenham Riverside
We write to confirm that the Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group wishes take up the invitation both you, Gillian Norton and Cllr Samuels have extended to us at the Cabinet Meeting of the 25 February, to continue to submit constructive proposals in respect of the Twickenham Challenge and the longer term future of the Swimming pool site.

We are aware that there has been a leaflet circulated to the community entitled In Touch which states “Give the Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group a full year in which to raise the money to implement their proposed scheme”. Our offer to the Council still stands despite the Councils initial response.

We also believe that the only practical response to the Twickenham Challenge can be from within a proposal which secures the long term regeneration of the site. and then provides the “public asset” element of the Twickenham Challenge from within that scheme.

Therefore we have,in the interest of the broader long term scheme (incorporating the Twickenham Challenge) begun to develop for discussion with other interested parties and funding partners, new proposals to provide the following: – a development brief for the Baths site, and the relevant adjacent sites, residential and commercial enabling uses for a long-term scheme. Such a scheme could incorporate the suggested public square, fountain, river related uses and the Twickenham Tower as features included in the long-term scheme, thus providing “a public asset building with a clearly defined service within the long term scheme”.

Our proposals to date have been concerned with providing a public asset in accordance with the aims and requirements of the UDP and we will continue in this spirit to come forward with a developed proposal later this year in accordance with the Councils programme.

John Reekie
On behalf of the TRTGG

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