The future of Twickenham
and its Riverside
The future of Twickenham Town Centre and its Riverside has long been the concern of the Twickenham Labour Party.
The Labour Party Twickenham Town Centre Study Group commissioned local Architect Ken Hathaway to write a ‘Vision for Twickenham’.
This was up dated in 2000 by Ken Hathaway as A Fresh Start.
This document set the Riverside in the broader context of the need for reappraisal of the whole of the town centre, its shopping, pedestrian and motor traffic and its connections with its surroundings. In its scope and attention to detail it is as relevant to day as when it was written.
It needs to be read with the realisation that decline uncertainty and lack of action by Council administrations over the years have taken their toll on the pool site, and therefore aspirations such as the renewal of the swimming pool have become more costly. However today there is a new awareness of the importance of the environment, and its relevance in terms of space and amenity to the community, which is now accepted by all.
To this end the Twickenham Labour Party considers it imperative to restart and revive this consultation.
At the same time to take this opportunity to bring back into public use this Riverside heritage area, under the control and for the benefit of the community as a park where community activity and leisure can be realised to the benefit of the town its residents visitors and traders.
The broader environment of the town centre must be considered, where the unique Riverside setting is the principal asset of Twickenham. The continued public open space use of the pool site and its overall integration with the town should not be jeopardised by the ruse of non statutory education provision justifying speculative Riverside housing.