character reach marks the start
of the study area and the gateway
to the Royal Botanic Gardens
in Kew. It is crossed by two
bridges - Kew Bridge (road)
and Kew Railway Bridge. Oliver's
Island provides a secluded area
of natural habitat. On the north
bank, the River is bounded by
the historic riverside development
of Strand-on-the-Green. To the
south, is the Kew Public Records
Office, and along the River's
edge, the fragile fringe of
the wooded Kew towpath.
of the Area
features of Character Reach No.1 may be summarised
Bridge forms a frame to the reach and
a focal point in itself;
Island emphasises the historic rural scale
of the reach;
Railway Bridge provides a potential opportunity
for improved cross-river links;
riverside development example at Strand-on-the-Green;
Public Records Office is an important
development of Kew Riverside will provide
a major new urban quarter and a landscaped
of public open space adjacent to the River
and wooded towpath;
fragile edge of the wooded Kew towpath;
visitor gateway to The Royal Botanic Gardens.
to river transport services at Kew Pier.
Issues and Opportunities
The responsibility for repairing and replacing
flood defences, highlighted by the recent
collapse of the river wall.
need to restore and enhance the public
realm, using high quality materials, to
create a coherent character.
need to conserve and reuse the historic
steps, drawdocks, mooring posts, jetties
and barge grid.
importance of considering the impact of
development away from the river on the
A4/M4 corridor and Gunnersbury, which
has had a negative impact on the skyline
and backdrop to the architectural waterfront.
enhancement of the raised promenade downstream
from Kew Bridge and links upstream to
Brentford and the Grand Union Canal.
protection and eventual replacement of
the riverside willows.
semi-derelict state of the Bull's Head
public house and the need to promote its
future of the disused Marine Services
fuelling pier and Chiswick Yacht and Boat
The encroachment into the river channel
by private jetties/ terraces at the rear
of the large private gardens along Hartington
maintenance of the sloping River walls.
importance of protecting and providing
for the replacement of the large mature
trees within private and communal gardens
along the riverbank.
sensitive use of signposting aid continuity
of the Thames Path where it is forced
to detour along Hartington Road.
The management of vegetation to reduce
the dominance of non-native tree species
and increase ecological interest and the
need for a management plan.
condition of the blockstone flood defences.
for limited public access.
of Canada geese.
The need to clarify responsibilities for
the management and maintenance of the
riverside to ensure effective and integrated
management, including the regular removal
of litter and graffiti.
management of riverside vegetation to
improve ecological diversity, and reveal
and maintain views to the River and Strand-on-the-Green.
conservation and restoration of Kew Railway
Bridge, including repainting and the removal
of vegetation obscuring the abutments
and the possible addition of a pedestrian
lack of signage between Kew Pier and Kew
Green, and the Royal Botanical Gardens
and the need to improve the visual quality
of this route.
poor quality of the passenger facilities
at Kew Pier and the need for a new ticket
office with covered seating and waiting
areas, cycle stands and disabled parking.
lack of visual and physical connection
between Westerley Ware public gardens
and the adjacent river.
potential to create a direct link into
the Public Records Office from the towpath,
and of signposting it as a visitor attraction.
The lack of permeability and connections
from the towpath into Kew, which could
be improved by upgrading the existing
path adjacent to the railway line linking
to the Mortlake Road.
benefits of the Kew Sewage Works/St James
Homes development currently under construction
and potential benefits in terms of: new
public open space, additional surveillance
and a financial contribution to the management
of the towpath.
potential impact of proposed development
in front of the Public Records Office
on the setting of Strand-on-the-Green
and its relationship to the River. The
outcome of the recent Planning Appeal
will be closely monitored.
importance of Occupation Lane and Kew
Meadow Path as a 'snail reserve'.
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