A Bit OF History & An Update
If any of our older readers can remember, that TRTG as well as securing the Planning Application that enabled the Council to construct the Diamond Jubilee Garden in time for the Millennium, also made a Planning Application in 2012 (Ref:12/0719/FUL) covering the eastern end of the old lido site , including all the existing pool buildings and the Public Toilet building at the foot of Water Lane
The purpose of the later Application was to show that the existing Pool Buildings, namely the old Restaurant and the Bath House (Caretaker’s House) could be renovated and provide extra space and therefore additional facilities that the Diamond Jubilee Gardens Trust might organize for the benefit of the wider community.
To provide income, our idea is that an extra floor might be added to the Restaurant building which could provide meeting spaces, “hot desking” facilities for some of the charities or other bodies in the area that could not provide such spaces for themselves.
The illustration below shows how the Restaurant Building might look with an added first floor.
Contact with the Planning Department
TRTG have had a number of contacts, and the occasional actual meeting, even discussion with the Council on the subject of the Application; but not a decision, just a suggestion we withdraw our scheme
We have, in the process of discussions, withdrawn proposals to retain the old Public Toilet Building, provide plans for new residential & retail buildings on the Public Toilet & CarPark sites, and submitted those to the Council , in support of our Application. WE even include an amphitheatre at the foot of Water Lane , and an enlarged “public space” there , long before Quinlan & Terry produced their version. ( Drawings still to be upload)
Additionally we have reduced, modified, redesigned the external appearance of scheme to directly respond to the public and Officers comments made on the Application( Drawings still to be upload)
We have demonstrated that our scheme is, in Planning Polic terms we believe consistent with the Councils Policyfor the area.
(see our previous correspondence)
Why Is Our Application Still Relevant?
We still strongly believe that the renovation of the Pool Buildings is still a sensible, cost effective idea
It might not be the final solution , but it could provide useful early, extra accommodation, for and managed by the community
It would allow and encourage an incremental improvement of the area. We are not convinced that grandiose visions of gardens extending down to the river are a practical or correct proposal for , what is in part a working river frontage for Twickenham .
A Public Square on Water Lane?
One of our members came up with the idea that there should not be any development on the now available Santander/CarPark/Public Toilets sites. Why not forget development returns on the land, just put a fountain there and pave the rest!
Shown above is another idea, a compromise, which does a bit of both because if what’s there is demolished then some unsightly visions could emerge!
As illustrated by the sketches below, we think there is a way to have a paved fountain , public”square and a little bit of new building, just to tidy up the edges.WE propose to put these ideas to the Council in support of our Application 12/0719/FUL
The sketch shows the possible extent of the paved area forming the “Square”
This sketch indicates an alternative paving scheme It also shows the possible”development “sites, and extensions to the renovation of the Pool Buildings, as envisioned by our Application 12/0719/Ful
If you have comments , please let us, and the Council know.