Wednesday, 14 August 2019
A response to the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune
We were surprised to read the 'bridge too far' article in the 2nd August edition (ref; 0143).
Radnor Bridge is not a bridge too far. This is the same title as was used in the Richmond & Twickenham Times article several years ago and endorsed mainly by Clare Head. Was she behind this new article?
When the previous article was published it alluded to the deep social divisions in the borough. Proclaiming that people in Strawberry Hill did not want the riff-raff from Ham to have access across the river. This point of view was rightly scorned on social media and is precisely why we need to see the bridge built.
This somewhat divisive perspective is very narrow minded and does not fairly represent the point of view of the vast majority of people living in Strawberry Hill. People in a position of influence within the borough should not use their position to hinder progress for the many.
The Radnor Bridge promises a wonderful legacy for future generations living within LBRUT. It is a strategic solution to a divided 'transpontine' borough and will deliver a much needed modern solution to our transport infrastructure requirements.
The cost of the bridge is unknown as yet, so proposing figures of £19m in your article is unsubstantiated. But without doubt Radnor Bridge will pay for itself many times over once in existence. The leaflets you referred to were shared openly at both Ham and Twickenham summer fairs this year. In them you will find a list of some of the many benefits we believe Radnor Bridge will bring to our borough.
The local support for Radnor Bridge (which these two events revealed) showed us that this is NOT a bridge too far but is in-fact a much needed solution that many would like to see built.