Hello

 

We finally appear to be getting somewhere with this one - it's a small step but an important one.

 

You may recall that previous discussions have centred around the legal technicalities of getting the boats to move on; essentially the council lacks the clout to make them. Well now the council is consulting on getting the relevant bye-law in place so they can act with the power of the law behind them

 

If you want to have your say on this issue Click on this link

 

Don't get too excited though as when you click on you'll see the consultation ends in April so no swift resolution to the problem

 

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I saw the notice too when walking back from Bushy Park and will be sending in my comments to the council. The council clearly need this byelaw amendment to be able to move on anyone mooring up indefinitely while paying nothing towards the area’s upkeep, but this area has been badly neglected by the council and my point will be that they need to look after it from now on.

We have very few areas in Hampton to walk by the river but this area needs fencing from the road so families and dog walkers can safely use it.  Cared for and protected from the road this could be a lovely area, so anyone interested please do let the council know that this area is in desperate need of some tlc.

Apart from the lovely river views, there is a memorial to the authoress Winifred Graham, there are some lovely wide old steps (in a bad state of repair) down to the river and further along opposite Taggs Island an interesting sun dial.  The river bank is very neglected and overgrown as well.

On the council’s website they describe the area as "Part of the River Thames gardens, this open space stretches Thames Street down to Hampton Court Road.  Plenty of lush green and seating provide a good place to relax and enjoy and is popular with walkers".    There isn’t a bench anywhere in sight.

I did a bit of research and the original house St Aubins’ Lodge and the land were given to the council in 1961 by the owner Mr T.J Cory whose wife was the authoress Winifred Graham.  He left the house and land ‘for the benefit of the inhabitants of Hampton’. The council didn’t have the funds to maintain the house and demolished it in 1972.  Possibly this was the only thing they could do at the time but in view of the land being left for the people of Hampton, I feel they should be doing much more to improve and look after it.  And then if more people visit it – you can do a nice loop walk through Bushy Park and back through St Aubin’s riverside – the boats probably wouldn’t have moored up or stayed so long, in the first place.   

 

The house was called St Albans and here's a link to a bit of its history: http://www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/detail.asp?ContentID=186 which includes a picture of this impressive mansion.

Winifred Graham is buried in St Mary's churchyard just up the road at Hampton riverside. Her name lives on in two Hampton roads - Winifred Road near Sainsbury's St Clare's, and Graham Road which is a cul de sac off Winifred Road.

There's a brick-built pergola near the spot of the original St Alban's House. It has seats inside and a memorial plaque set into the ground in the middle. It was refurbished in 2008/9, with a copper-effect roof which was unfortunately targeted by metal thieves - despite the fact it was not the sort of copper that could be removed or extracted. I love quirky local history!

Sandie Reed said:

I saw the notice too when walking back from Bushy Park and will be sending in my comments to the council. The council clearly need this byelaw amendment to be able to move on anyone mooring up indefinitely while paying nothing towards the area’s upkeep, but this area has been badly neglected by the council and my point will be that they need to look after it from now on.

We have very few areas in Hampton to walk by the river but this area needs fencing from the road so families and dog walkers can safely use it.  Cared for and protected from the road this could be a lovely area, so anyone interested please do let the council know that this area is in desperate need of some tlc.

Apart from the lovely river views, there is a memorial to the authoress Winifred Graham, there are some lovely wide old steps (in a bad state of repair) down to the river and further along opposite Taggs Island an interesting sun dial.  The river bank is very neglected and overgrown as well.

On the council’s website they describe the area as "Part of the River Thames gardens, this open space stretches Thames Street down to Hampton Court Road.  Plenty of lush green and seating provide a good place to relax and enjoy and is popular with walkers".    There isn’t a bench anywhere in sight.

I did a bit of research and the original house St Aubins’ Lodge and the land were given to the council in 1961 by the owner Mr T.J Cory whose wife was the authoress Winifred Graham.  He left the house and land ‘for the benefit of the inhabitants of Hampton’. The council didn’t have the funds to maintain the house and demolished it in 1972.  Possibly this was the only thing they could do at the time but in view of the land being left for the people of Hampton, I feel they should be doing much more to improve and look after it.  And then if more people visit it – you can do a nice loop walk through Bushy Park and back through St Aubin’s riverside – the boats probably wouldn’t have moored up or stayed so long, in the first place.   

 

I have owned a few boats over the years and always thought the Environment Agency dealt with this sort of thing. The moored boats would have to have a Thames Licence as well.

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