In Isleworth you don’t have to look far to be reminded of its rich social, commercial and industrial history. Lots gone, some in your face, sometimes you need to look, other times told or better still shown. Occasionally something from the town’s past is revealed and stirs interest, from oot of the blue.
1 Clifton Road soon to be Tesco Express, Spring Grove Road
Following a planning permission in April 2014, an off sales license and some initial works a year later, it was thought that Tesco had abandoned its plans to open at 1 Clifton Road. In April 2016 it was back on again and their contractor has since been moving apace.
Arnold & Sons Limited – Master Shop Fitters at 1 Clifton Road from way back
Saturday morning came a Tweet from @HaggerDarren whose pictures from 1 Clifton Road were accompanied with the comment, “The past revealed in Clifton Rd, can this be saved?” Later that day I took a look (and pictures) myself. Also looking was another resident, DJ, who a few months previously explained why Isleworth, with all its current and planned developments, should look at ways to rediscover its soul. More on that another time.
The next day, Tesco boss, Dave Lewis was sent a line to explain and show why the firm might take another look at its current shop front design and asked whether what was discovered could be incorporated. Their development project manager was e m ailed to suggest that as Tesco considers Spring Grove as an upmarket neighbourhood, it would be very good to reflect on how the finished store will look and to enhance the conservation area here. An e mail response from Tesco earlier today is so far not negative.
Watch that space.
The latest in our neighbourhoods mooches took place today on the Northumberland Estate in the rain and with added splash. We were not deterred, the silver lining was the noting of quite a few pondings and blocked gulleys.
Wardabout on Quakers Lane with Satbir and Ali from Hounslow Highways, James from Hounslow Council, Northumberland Estate residents Sarah, Alan, David and Pia, Councillor O’Reilly and me (behind the lens)
Residents welcomed this Hounslow Highways initiative and their local knowledge helped put issues into historic perspective. Everyone said they loved the new trees planted in most roads on the Northumberland over the winter and today they saw them getting a good water.
The list of issues spotted, raised and marked for resolution within 28 days can be found here.
The first IBAF of the 2016/2017 municipal year takes place this coming Thursday 26 May 2016 starting 7.30pm at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8DW.
The agenda (click here) includes items relevant to all four IBAF wards but Osterley & Spring Grove Ward specifics are:
All are welcome, speakers are allowed.
The National Trust have made contact to tell of an exhibition of proposals for new bike trails on current footpaths at Osterley Park and Gardens.
Osterley Park Trails proposal
The trust are preparing to submit a planning application to Hounslow Council later in the year. They aim to apply to change the surface of some existing paths and create a space suitable for children to learn to ride their bikes within Osterley Park. More detailed information can be found here.
They will also be hosting three drop in sessions open to all, to listen to visitors’ thoughts on this issue in the Osterley Park & House Stables Brewhouse on: Saturday 4 June from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Monday 6 June from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm and Friday 17 June from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.