A Government minister has expressed concerns about the site of a permanent home for the Queen’s Row Barge Gloriana.

Richmond Council want to build a boat house and visitor centre for the vessel in Orleans Park in Twickenham.

But the idea has prompted strong opposition from some residents who claim the proposed site is unsuitable as previously reported by River Thames News.

Now Business Secretary Vince Cable, MP for Twickenham, has said he has concerns.

He told the Richmond and Twickenham Times :”It looks to be a good idea to have the Royal Barge housed in a new dock .. but the access road is too narrow and congested for visitors.”

He said if built it would be “at the expense of green space in one of the best loved parts of the borough.”

Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith has previously said the wishes of local residents should be taken into consideration before a decision is made.

Council leader Lord True has described the plan as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Gloriana was built by Mark Edwards in Richmond.

A council feasibility study considered local boatyards and Buccleuch Gardens at Richmond as possible locations but it concluded Twickenham was best.

Suggestions from local residents for an alternative location include the old barge boathouse at Teddington Lock.

Neighbouring Hounslow Council has said it would be interested in housing the royal barge if Richmond cannot find a suitable site.

Consultation is open until the end of August. See details HERE.

Objectors to the proposed site have formed a new group Friends of Orleans Riverside. Details HERE

Read more details of Richmond Council’s proposal HERE

Story dated August 4th 2014


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