Grove Park Piazza
The proposal to create a new public square by the shops at Grove Park is now open for consultation. The idea, initially proposed by the Grove Park Group of local residents in 2015, is to make the area more attractive by widening the pavements, improving the crossings, introducing new seating and planting and installing better parking facilities for bikes, electric vehicle charging and new lighting. The scheme now has funding from the Mayor’s Liveable Neighbourhood project, which funds long term schemes for areas which encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
In the original design the ‘piazza’ pedestrianised the whole space, but Hounslow council judged the number of vehicles using Bolton Road to connect to Grove Park Bridge to be too high currently to enable this safely. As part of the wider Liveable Neighbourhoods project in south Chiswick (below the A4), the council will be looking at options for ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’ where the volume and speed of through traffic is reduced on residential streets. These measures will be developed and consulted on separately later this year.
‘If measures can be agreed that reduce the volume of traffic on Bolton Road, prior to the start of construction on the piazza, then the design could still be amended’ the Council says.
The design proposes reducing the number of car parking bays outside the shops from 14 to 10 and replacing the three parking bays outside the Old Station House pub with a dedicated loading bay. The Council says feedback from the recent area wide Liveable Neighbourhoods consultation showed broad positive support for the piazza concept, ‘with a number of comments received on issues such as improved cycle parking and bus services, alongside concerns over maintaining vehicle access to the shops for those with disabilities’.
The consultation is now ‘the opportunity to focus on the specific plans’ for the piazza. There will be two drop in sessions where council officers will be on hand to explain detail and answer questions on Wednesday 18 March, from 3.00 – 6.00pm and on Saturday 21 March, from 11.00am – 2.00pm beside the Station House pub.
We have until Tuesday 31 March to give our views by filling out the online survey here.
Image above: Kew Bridge showing the existing steps. Photograph by Marianne Mahaffey.
Kew Bridge step-free walkway
The second consultation is on step-free access between the Chiswick and Brentford sides of Kew Bridge, through one of the existing archways under the bridge. The third arch has been chosen and there are two options available – one a bit cheaper than the other.
Residents at Strand on the Green have long campaigned for one of the arches to be used in this way, as at the moment pedestrians have to mount several steep steps to continue walking along the tow path under Kew Bridge.
The time frame for this consultation is until Monday 30 March. You can see the two options and fill out the survey here.