Anger at Richmond Hill's Parliament-protected vista

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Railing: Councillor David Williams Railing: Councillor David Williams

A famous viewpoint at the top of Richmond Hill, the only in the country protected by an Act of Parliament has been neglected, critics said.

The pavement and railings above Terrace Walk are in a state of disrepair, despite several complaints.

Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to see the famous view from Richmond Hill, but the railings are leaning to one side and the pavement uneven.

Richmond Council spent £1.5m on York stone pavements in Whitton High Street and York Street, Twickenham.

Councillor David Williams, ward member for Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside, said: “If the Tories think they can spend an extra £1m on York stone pavements, why is there still crumbling uneven tarmac with wonky railings above Terrace Walk?

“Don’t they have any pride in the famous view from Richmond Hill, protected by an Act of Parliament?”

The council said the walkway was in line for repair and work would start by June, but the improvements were not part of a wider regeneration project.

Councillor Pamela Fleming, cabinet member for environment, said: “We have plans to repair it and straighten the railings.

“It is a very important heritage site but I think Coun Williams needs to remember the Lib Dems were in power for a long time and he did not take any action to deal with it then.

“In terms of Twickenham and Whitton, they are heritage sites as well.

“We do, of course, have pride in Richmond Hill and we have done an enormous amount to regenerate the borough in recent years.”

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8:58am Mon 28 Apr 14

eelpier says...

Richmond is the jewel in the borough and deserves to be maintained to retain it's unique character and encourage visitors.

However, the council has a responsibility to maintain the entire borough. The regeneration projects being carried out in Whitton and Twickenham are desperately overdue in areas that have become slightly run down and struggle to attract businesses and visitors. The improvement will make both areas more attractive and safer (e.g. 20 mph zone) both for visitors and residents alike. Let's not forget Twickenham is a major sporting venue hosting a world cup next year and it deserves better.

I was up on RIchmond Hill at the weekend, as I often am, and a few slightly wonky railings which are barely noticeable really do not impact my enjoyment of that area nor are they unsafe. Some of the pavements in Twickenham town centre, used by fare more people on a daily basis, were in a much worse state of repair.

Sure, put it the work on the council to do list, but let's remember that the Borough of Richmond is more than just Richmond.
Richmond is the jewel in the borough and deserves to be maintained to retain it's unique character and encourage visitors. However, the council has a responsibility to maintain the entire borough. The regeneration projects being carried out in Whitton and Twickenham are desperately overdue in areas that have become slightly run down and struggle to attract businesses and visitors. The improvement will make both areas more attractive and safer (e.g. 20 mph zone) both for visitors and residents alike. Let's not forget Twickenham is a major sporting venue hosting a world cup next year and it deserves better. I was up on RIchmond Hill at the weekend, as I often am, and a few slightly wonky railings which are barely noticeable really do not impact my enjoyment of that area nor are they unsafe. Some of the pavements in Twickenham town centre, used by fare more people on a daily basis, were in a much worse state of repair. Sure, put it the work on the council to do list, but let's remember that the Borough of Richmond is more than just Richmond. eelpier
  • Score: 19

12:49pm Mon 28 Apr 14

kingstonpaul says...

For goodness sake, people seem to compain about the most trivial of things. A few wonky railings and a slightly well-worn pavement are hardly likely to deter visitors.
For goodness sake, people seem to compain about the most trivial of things. A few wonky railings and a slightly well-worn pavement are hardly likely to deter visitors. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 19

2:34pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sophrosyne says...

Hold on - isn't David Williams the LIb Dem Councillor for this area?

Since councillors have the ability to ask for repairs to be done by the Council this surely was HIS responsibility to sort out years ago! I'm afraid it looks to me like the wonky paving and railings are down to his failure to take action.
Hold on - isn't David Williams the LIb Dem Councillor for this area? Since councillors have the ability to ask for repairs to be done by the Council this surely was HIS responsibility to sort out years ago! I'm afraid it looks to me like the wonky paving and railings are down to his failure to take action. Sophrosyne
  • Score: 21

5:37pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sparkythecat says...

How dare David Williams consider that visitors to Richmond are more important than people already living here. Whitton was always the forgotten end of the Borough as far as the Lib Dem council was concerned. At least the Tories have done something to upgrade our High St after all these years. David Williams shouldn't forget that he was elected to serve the people of the Borough of Richmond - not any Tom, Dick or Harry that might come to look at a pretty view.
How dare David Williams consider that visitors to Richmond are more important than people already living here. Whitton was always the forgotten end of the Borough as far as the Lib Dem council was concerned. At least the Tories have done something to upgrade our High St after all these years. David Williams shouldn't forget that he was elected to serve the people of the Borough of Richmond - not any Tom, Dick or Harry that might come to look at a pretty view. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 15

8:09pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Concerned_Resident says...

And local people don't enjoy Richmond Hill too?
And local people don't enjoy Richmond Hill too? Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Twickenham Bob says...

The same Councillor David Williams who when he was leader slashed road and maintenance spending time and time again ???
The same Councillor David Williams who when he was leader slashed road and maintenance spending time and time again ??? Twickenham Bob
  • Score: 17

11:14am Fri 2 May 14

TimothyM says...

They should sort out the pavement along there, but also removeing the parking bay which are half on the pavement and must be adding to the subsidence of the pavement (as well as narrowing the road).
They should sort out the pavement along there, but also removeing the parking bay which are half on the pavement and must be adding to the subsidence of the pavement (as well as narrowing the road). TimothyM
  • Score: -1

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