A weir on the River Crane in Twickenham is due to be replaced as it reaches the end of its 30-year lifespan.

Along with the replacement of Mereway Weir, at the end of Mereway Road, a fish pass is also planned to be built, connecting the Duke of Northumberland's River to the Crane.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Chair of the Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sport Committee for Richmond Council, said: “The Crane Valley is one of the few river corridors within London that provides a continuous belt of semi-natural habitat.

“The weir currently protects over 500 nearby residential properties from a high risk flood event. Updating the current weir will continue this protection.

“The new fish pass will act as another channel, linking the Duke of Northumberland and the River Crane through Mereway Nature Reserve."

The Environment Agency believe that the planned changes will attract further wildlife - creating a greater biodiversity in the surrounding areas.

Cllr Elengorn added: "This will help to provide new feeding and breeding areas – which, in turn, will improve the local fish population.”

The Environment Agency, Richmond Council, Friends of the River Crane Environment and Friends of Kneller Gardens are inviting residents to come and find out more about the plans on Tuesday, September 3 from 1pm – 6pm at Kneller Gardens.

For more information, go to: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/hnl/mereway-weir-replacement/