Monday, 6 August 2012

The 'Face' of Radnor Bridge

Although we set up a Facebook Fan page in June 2011, it was not really until July of this year that we threw some energy behind this. At the time of writing this, I am pleased to report that the page has now attracted 63 'Likes' and still counting. With this is coming a sense of supportive community and to be honest I'm having a bit of fun sharing thoughts, ideas and pictures in there too. You can join in the conversation here;

At the same time we have also established a Twitter feed to help stimulate and drive additional traffic to the Facebook page and ultimately this blog. If you are on Twitter, please follow us @RadnorBridge

If you get a chance to visit the Fan page you will find a number of links back to this blog. You will also find some additional comments and interactions with people registering both their excitement and concerns about the bridge idea. In this way it is proving to be a useful place to share new ideas and get feedback.

One of the subscribers to our Fan page is responsible for publishing news in the area and has asked us to write an article for their online publication. We hope to do this toward the end of August. Richard and I have agreed we will also use this as an opportunity to share some updated visuals, so watch this space for more news. If you look closely on the Facebook Fan page you will find some of our new thoughts taking shape about the updated design. These are mostly based on the helpful feedback we have been receiving. By way of a clue, look out for;
  • How green can you go?
  • Pictures of award winning bridges
  • Radnor Bridge location on Foursquare
You will also find general community experiences of late, such as;
  • Mo Farah's golden post box in Teddington ;-)
  • The Olympic cycle race and time trials
  • The Olympic Torch on The Gloriana
  • The Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day
  • The forthcoming Village Plan 'drop in' sessions
  • New Chadkirk route and bridge opening
  • Relevant 'shares' from Sustran
Thank you to all of you who are following this blog and who have already registered their interest by 'Liking' our Facebook Fan page. 

Friday, 29 June 2012

Building a bridge over The River Thames (Part 2)

Following some initial consultation with The Friends of Radnor Gardens, we quickly learnt that it was not ideal for the bridge to dissect the Garden as originally planned. The previous plan was driven by the desire to exit the road (on the Strawberry Hill side of the river) at the higher level, to give the bridge the necessary clearance for sailing boats while also reduce any required gradient for cyclists and walkers. We also intended for the path to join Cross Deep somewhere near the mini-roundabout where Waldegrave Road intersects with Strawberry Vale, to improve cycle route access.

However, the garden is increasingly being used for public parties and there was therefore concern that a bridge across the middle would simply divide the garden into two separate areas. Obviously this was never our intention, but we realised that the plan would need to be revisited.

The revised idea is therefore to land the bridge on a raised path on the left hand side of the garden (see drawing) and to have a new mini-roundabout proposed for the point where Pope's Grove joins Cross Deep. On reflection we think that this options may indeed be better than the original and continues to work well for both cycling and walking access, while also introducing a very useful junction that will help to slow down traffic around the schools along this part of the main road.

Friday, 22 June 2012

A quick update on progress

What we have been up to lately
It’s been a while since I posted a quick update on our progress in driving the Radnor Bridge forward. There are several reasons for this.
The main one is that we have both been busy in our day-jobs and there simply hasn’t been very much to say lately. Richard and I still have so many ideas for the bridge running around our heads, but with the focus in Twickenham on the station and town centre, it has been harder to drum up the necessary interest to promote the bridge. I guess the chance of seeing it built in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2015 is rapidly diminishing.
My energy for driving things forward also took a knock when Richmond Council started to give me the run-around. Challenging us to find out actual numbers of people who would want to use the bridge and why – this would obviously require a proper survey to be carried out, which we do not have a budget for. However, if you are reading this and happy to do so, please do start the ball rolling by sharing your comments/support below.
The final reason, which is perhaps not that significant, is a short while ago my wife and I were out walking on the Ham side and sadly disturbed several groups of men, engaged in some rather unsavoury sexual acts in the woods. Naturally this was not a pleasant experience for the two of us and therefore rather took “the wind out of my sails” for a short while. I began to understand why some have expressed very strong feelings against the bridge being built, but I am also reminded how the bridge can play a significant role in improving the social and economic standing of both sides of this particular bend in the river.
Richard and I are therefore still determined to see the bridge is built.  And, so it would seem are many of you. Indeed lots of local people have verbally expressed eagerness to see Radnor Bridge is built. With this in mind we are both still in regular communication with local activation groups on both sides of the river. And I am still speaking regularly with councillors on this subject.

On a separate point
Recently I was walking in Marble Hill Park and saw some lovely examples of the natural fencing we have proposed for the ‘nature-sensitive’ Ham side of the bridge. 
I have included the pictures here to liven up this blog. Once again, do let us know your thoughts.