A Town Square and Riverside Park for Twickenham #ParkNotCarPark
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We'd like cars to be removed from Twickenham Riverside in order to create a beautiful Riverside Park and Town Square (with underground parking).
Above is a concept design of what can be achieved on Twickenham Riverside. Its main features are an integrated Town Square and Riverside Park with great pedestrian links to King Street, Water Lane and Wharf Lane.
The buildings are indicative of what's possible. We'd like to see a landmark building on the corner of King Street to draw people's attention to the riverside. The other buildings would include a cafe, a restaurant, boathouses, community space (information/exhibitions/gallery), and possibly a boutique hotel, a Lido with a spa, limited retail and residential. We'd also like to increase the size of the playground.
It will be an amazing attraction, one that Twickenham desperately needs to complement the unique Arcadian riverside location and views. It will be a place that draws the community and visitors to the centre of Twickenham, not just for the beautiful setting, but also for all the activities that will take place in and around the square and park.
The car park will be under the town square and will take ALL the cars away from the riverside, as well as providing spaces for the new development. Car entry will be via Water Lane and exit via Wharf Lane (under the buildings), with pedestrian access from the riverside and town square.
We'd like the Council to reconsider its approach to the Riverside site and to reintroduce what it promised us nearly two years ago, namely a Town Square and a pedestrianised Riverside Park.
Please sign our petition if this is what you'd like to see: a space for people, not cars.
In the Council's All in One and Barefoot Consultations residents said they wanted a town square and to move cars away from the riverside.
In the Council's November 2015 consultation they promised us 'A New Town Square for Twickenham'. They also promised that 'parking will be removed from the Embankment in front of Diamond Jubilee Gardens to enhance views of the river', and 'there will be underground parking provided beneath the new development'. They presented a proposal of a pedestrianised Riverside. We welcomed all of that, but not the size and style of the buildings.
Unfortunately, in the Summer 2017 consultation they did a u-turn and proposed leaving all the parking on the riverside (73 spaces), and adding another 50 parking spaces under the new development. This would obviously result in much increased traffic along the Embankment, as well as continuing to blight the views of the river.
In July twickerati did an online poll about parking on the Embankment. 73% of people wanted to 'Find an Alternative Solution'.
The results of the Council's Summer 2017 consultation showed that 66% of people Disagreed with the Council's parking proposal (52% Strongly). In the press release the Council said they had listened to residents, but also stated that 'Parking in this area is outside the site boundary for the planning application for proposals on the riverside'.
So, after 2 years of consulting about parking on the riverside, the Council have decided to exclude it from their plans contrary to all of the feedback they received asking them to move cars from the riverside!
We think this is totally unacceptable, and a massively wasted opportunity to transform Twickenham Riverside for generations to come.
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