But residents protest over park plan

A plan to give the Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana a permanent home on the Thames has been announced  - and immediately run into opposition.

The boathouse and visitor centre for Gloriana is planned for Orleans Park at Twickenham subject to planning permission being granted.

A new building has been designed by architects Foster and Partners on the site of a 19th century boathouse. Work could begin in autumn 2015. But the plan has run into opposition from local residents.

Richmond upon Thames Council have meanwhile launched a consultation exercise – see more details HERE.

Orleans Park site for Gloriana? Pic: Foster & Partners

The barge was built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 by Richmond-based boat builder Mark Edwards.

Lord True, leader of the council, said: "This is a one-off opportunity - other boroughs were keen to secure the privilege of hosting Gloriana.

"But as the only borough straddling the Thames, with centuries old royal connections Richmond is uniquely equipped to be the home of this remarkable piece of British craftsmanship, designed and built by our residents.The proposal is, of course, subject to funding and planning permission."

A protest meeting was being held at the Turk’s Head at Twickenham on Thursday (July 3rd). The residents' group says trees and natural wildlife would be affected and the site is unsuitable for more traffic.

Resident Gill Clay-Jones told the Richmond and Twickenham Times : "This project should have been subject to public discussion at the concept stage. It should have been a topic in the local elections.

"Yet it has been kept secret from those it will most directly affect until now, just before the planning stage which will take place in August while many people are away."

Drop-in sessions to explain the plan are being held at Orleans House Gallery on July 18 (between 10am to 4pm) in the Octagon Room and July 19 and 20, at the same times, in the Stables.

The council's consultation is available on its website from now until July 29. Details HERE

Story dated July 1st 2014


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