At its first meeting of 2005, the Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group (TRTG) passed a resolution to carry on its campaign to restore the Twickenham Riverside open-air pool site to public open space.
Twickenham residents should be aware that the recently commenced landscape work to 1/4 of the site costing over £750,000 would only stay until 2009. Your present Council has plans to ensure its removal lock, stock, barrel, and climbing frame in June 2009 to make way for an as yet undefined long term development, as advertised on the Council’s site hoarding notice.
The Council’s future plans are not known. These plans will affect the whole pool site including the usable but closed toilets in Water Lane together with other Council-owned land listed as up for sale in Water Lane & Bell Lane.
The questions that all residents of the Borough would like an answer to, are: what are the long term plans for this site and how can the expenditure of such a large sum of money be justified for such a meager short term benefit?
TRTG therefore give notice that the permanent restoration of public open space in accordance with the Unitary Development Plan Inspector’s recommendations for the whole of the pool site is still the campaign objective for the TRTG, and we propose to continue to fight long and hard to restore this open space to the local community.