I urge every reader to go this week to the Civic Centre in Twickenham to see what the Dawney Day proposals for building over the Twickenham Old Baths site would really look like. Following the Council’s receipt of their formal planning application there is now a display of the architect’s plans in the second floor reception area. From these large scale plans and isometric views you can get a clear impression of the visual impact of the concrete blocks of flats and commercial shop units they want to build on the Twickenham riverside.
It is for these densely grouped inner city-like blocks that the Council wants to sign away the riverside land held in trust for public use and enjoyment. Well over an acre of beautiful riverside space would be lost for ever and virtually none left for free public recreation. The projecting balconies and curved aluminium roofs would despoil the views from all quarters of the river and also the historic view from the top of Richmond Hill.
However, there is an alternative, which in fact, already has planning approval. The scheme for the Twickenham Riverside Terrace would provide a landscaped public park (retaining existing mature trees and adding more trees) fronted by a terrace at first floor level with a café, boat hire, etc housed in the arches below. This will be discussed at the public meeting on Monday 15th October at St Mary’s church Hall at 8 o’clock. The supporters of Twickenham Riverside Terrace wish to hear as many opinions as possible at this meeting. Everybody is welcome and all views will be heard.