Chiswick Pavement Campaigners Continue Battle
Hoping Council will designate their area as Heritage Fringe
Campaigners who want to retain traditional pavements in Chiswick are hoping that Hounslow Council may decide their areas are " heritage fringe", following the presentation of two petitions to Hounslow Council.
If so, the traditional street scene could be maintained by replacing paving with similar block stone instead of the current plan to replace paving with asphalt. The residents are opposed to this as they say it would spoil the appearance of their Victorian streets, which are adjacent to a conservation area.
The petitions of several hundred signatures from two areas of Chiswick were presented to the council's deputy leader Cllr Colin Ellar last week by the chairman of the Chiswick Area Forum Cllr Robert Oulds.
One was from from the Glebe Estate and the other from the ABC estate campaign group which collected 235 signatures in a week. The ABC estate includes Ashbourne, Balfern, Cornwall, Eastbury, Wilton and Cranbrook roads.
Cllr Colin Ellar said in a statement on Friday ( May 3); “In terms of the council’s £800 million investment programme to resurface the borough’s roads and pavements and replace all the street lights, it’s essential that we make it crystal clear what residents can expect from the improvement works.
"Essentially, if you live in a conservation area or heritage fringe where there is already block paving, we will replace like with like.
“This whole programme is not only about radically improving the borough’s infrastructure and environment to improve residents’ quality of life and attract businesses; it’s about preserving the borough’s rich heritage for future generations.”
Heritage fringe are areas adjoining conservation areas which are of heritage value.
May 2, 2013