Gloriana carries the Olympic torch through Teddington lock

Two riverside London boroughs say they are interested in providing a permanent home for the Queen's Row Barge Gloriana.

It follows the scrapping of plans to house the vessel in a purpose-built boathouse in Orleans Park at Twickenham after a protest campaign from borough residents.

Now both Hounslow and Kingston have declared an interest in housing the boat, built for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Richmond Council has announced it is dropping its plan after overwhelming opposition shown in a consultation exercise. Over 3,000 people responded to a questionnaire about the scheme with 77 per cent against the site and 65 per cent opposed to the design of the building to house Gloriana..

Protests had been led by the Friends of Orleans Riverside who have welcomed the decision. The group put forward an alternative Twickenham site but the council has decided to scrap the idea.

Afterwards the leader of neighbouring Kingston Council,Councillor Kevin Davies, said meetings had been held with Lord Sterling, the man who conceived the idea for the barge and who paid for Gloriana, and a number of Thames-side sites were being considered.

The London Borough of Hounslow includes Brentford where the Royal Barge was built by Mark Edwards. Lord Sterling has been invited to view a number of alternative sites and the borough's bid has been backed by Brentford and Isleworth MP Mary Macleod.

Lord True, the leader of Richmond Council, told the Richmond and Twickenham Times: "I'm sad in the sense that it is a pity we could not provide it with a home in the borough."

Read our earlier stories about the Twickenham plan HERE and HERE

Story dated September 23rd 2014.





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