Counting the cost of Twickenham bridge thefts

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Art deco: Brackets have been stolen numerous times through the years Art deco: Brackets have been stolen numerous times through the years

Police are investigating more than £8,000 of bronze art deco brackets stolen from lampposts on Twickenham Bridge through the years.

Metal thieves have repeatedly plundered the bridge for the brackets and London Assembly member and councillor Tony Arbour has worked with police and Transport for London (TfL) to secure the site.

In the past, TfL, which is responsible for the maintenance of the bridge, has shelled out £750 to replace the brackets, only to have them stolen again.

Councillor Arbour said: “Twickenham Bridge is Grade II listed and its art deco fitments are a unique feature.

“It is appalling that they have been targeted by thieves and vandals who want only their scrap value.

“I sincerely hope that TfL will make it extremely difficult for the brackets to be stolen or damaged once they are replaced, and that the criminals are severely punished.”

TfL has had discussions with its community safety, enforcement and policing team in order to try to secure the site further before the brackets are replaced.

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2:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

EdwinaWaugh says...

Xmas is coming!
Xmas is coming! EdwinaWaugh

1:49am Mon 16 Dec 13

Twickenham Bob says...

Shame that not all listed buildings are equally respected by the council.

There is example after example of Richmond Council planning department FORCING developers to rip out old glass on listed buildings and install slim double glazing. Which damages the frames, and creates a double reflection and flat modern look.

Why? The council does not run the BREEAM environmental standards properly. Developers are forced to propose all modifications and then the Conservation Officer is supposed to give a report and advice which 'upgrades' should be stopped because they would effect the significance of the building.

Unfortunately the later is not happening in this borough and thus many listed buildings - which are by definition nationally important - are being irreversible damaged.

The problem with slimline glazing is that it also INCREASES aircraft noise due to reverberation.
Shame that not all listed buildings are equally respected by the council. There is example after example of Richmond Council planning department FORCING developers to rip out old glass on listed buildings and install slim double glazing. Which damages the frames, and creates a double reflection and flat modern look. Why? The council does not run the BREEAM environmental standards properly. Developers are forced to propose all modifications and then the Conservation Officer is supposed to give a report and advice which 'upgrades' should be stopped because they would effect the significance of the building. Unfortunately the later is not happening in this borough and thus many listed buildings - which are by definition nationally important - are being irreversible damaged. The problem with slimline glazing is that it also INCREASES aircraft noise due to reverberation. Twickenham Bob

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