Petition Against Parking Plans For Dukes Meadows Handed In

Calls for Council to ditch scheme at the Promenade

kathleen healy

Related Links

Hounslow Council's Attitude Over RingGo 'Crash' Annoys Councillor

Chiswick High Road Nation's Top for Fines Again

Sunday Parking Restrictions Planned for Chiswick High Road

Chiswick High Road Fines Top One Million Pounds In A Year


Sign up for our weekly Chiswick newsletter

Comment on this story on the

Dukes Meadows Trust has handed in a petition of 1400 signatures calling on Hounslow Council to abandon its plans for parking and coach turning in the recreational area known as The Promenade.

The Trust and Hounslow Council have clashed over the council's proposal, part of the Council's Masterplan for development of the amenity, with Hounslow Council leader Steve Curran saying he is 'puzzled' by the action being taken by the Trust. He says it was not raised in the two public consultations carried out.

The Trust's petition requests that the Council abandon its proposal to develop car park areas and motor-coach turning circles at the Promenade open space. They say that if carried out these works will "spoil the unique character and quality of our riverside public open space, riverbank, and associated nature areas."

Kathleen Healy M.B.E. spokesperson for Dukes Meadows Trust said: “The petitions organised by our charity have received the most tremendous support from local people and concerned organisations. So many local people have told me how shocked, distressed, and justly angry they are about this damaging and destructive scheme which would spoil our riverside public open space at Duke’s Meadows.

"The messages and comments received from local people in support of the Dukes Meadows Trust, are a moving and inspiring indication of how passionately people feel about stopping Hounslow from spoiling our cherished riverside open space. We can only hope that Hounslow are prepared to listen to what local people want."

The area due to fenced and hard surfaced - image DM Trust

The leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Steve Curran said; “The parking scheme is part of the Dukes Meadows masterplan and detailed proposals had planning consent going back to February 2018. Two major consultations took place during a two year period which helped shape the proposal that went to the planning committee. There have been a number of opportunities for all residents and users to be involved and the Dukes Meadows Trust has been engaged from the beginning of the process and participated in additional consultation meetings."

cars parked at dukes meadows
What area could look like after parking is introduced - Image: Dukes Meadows Trust

The Masterplan for the 137 acre amenity area involves upgrading a range of sports and leisure facilities on the site including, rugby, hockey, football, rowing, cricket, tennis and golf. The wider plans include improvements to the Dukes Meadows Bandstand and a pedestrian walkway built across the river to Barnes.

The Council has secured over £2.2 million for improved sporting facilities and £1m for the development of the pedestrian bridge. Improvements to the public realm, repairs to the bandstand, the Thames path, and fences are also underway.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.


October 18, 2019

Bookmark and Share