Turnham Green Going Down The Pan?
|Plans in the works to change former public toilets into a café
After years of discussion and numerous ideas, new proposals put forward by the owners of Café Chiswick to convert Turnham Green’s derelict toilet block into a café will be put to the Chiswick Area Planning Committee on Wednesday 6th August.
The extensive history of discussion around this site began in 2002 when it was suggested that the former public toilet block, situated on the north-west corner of Turnham Green, should be converted into a studio for local artists and crafts people. This application was withdraw three years later. The site at the junction of Chiswick High Road and Sutton Lane North was most recently discussed in June 2006 when members of the Area Committee discussed plans to demolish the buildings and landscaping the area however, costs for this option were prohibitive.
This current proposal is to convert the building into a day-time café to serve local residents and users of Turnham Green itself, as well as local businesses and shoppers on the High Road.
The café would be an ancillary outlet to the main Café Chiswick business premises at 134 Chiswick High Road. The type of food offered would be very similar to that offered by the main café ie. sandwiches, ice cream, soft and hot drinks and customers would be able to sit in the area outside of the building within Turnham Green.
The interior of the building would be converted to incorporate a service and preparations areas and tables and chairs for customers.
The building and the section of land on which it sits is owned by the Council. It has been out of use for some time and is partially derelict. The remainder of the common that is Turnham Green is owned by the Church Commissioners of the Church of England.