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Thornbury Park: More friends than you may have thought

Another decent turnout in The Music Room, Spring Grove House courtesy of the good people at West Thames College last Wednesday 4 November 2015.  This time for people to share thoughts and experiences of Thornbury Park and to explore the potential of setting up a friends group for the place.

Thornbury Park looking west from near the Rennels Way and Sidmouth Avenue entrance

Thornbury Park looking west from near the Rennels Way and Sidmouth Avenue entrance

There were quite a few justified grumbles about the way the park is maintained and managed, litter, graffiti, drinking, motorbike riding, drugs activity as well as lack of other facilities and no organised activities and sports.

But at the same time almost all present had good to say about the place, an oasis of green in a growing town with albeit limited and semi neglected play and sports facilities, a good place to walk with or without a dog.

The most encouraging aspect of the evening was the good and practical ideas offered by residents present, a wish to move forward but not ignoring the present issues. Each was given an opportunity to write three things they like, three don’t likes and three ways they would improve Thornbury Park.  A summary of the points can be found here and a full list containing all comments made is here.

Also heartening is a list so far of 11 residents offering their time and skills to form a friends group as is the support, offered and implied, by the St Johns Residents Association, Hounslow Council’s Community Partnerships Unit and Hounslow Central Ward councillors, two of whom, Ajmer and Pritam Grewal were in attendance too.  The note taking of Christine Diwell from the Isleworth Society was much appreciated and these (including a discussion on Isleworth Station, the same night) can be found here.

Sign on a housing estate local to Thornbury Park offering advice to youngsters

Sign on a housing estate local to Thornbury Park offering advice to youngsters

What’s next then?  A report of the meeting will be shared with Hounslow Council, Carillion and the Police and feedback and their comments sought.  Residents who signed up their services will be contacted over the next couple of weeks with a view to meet, discuss and plan.

It would also be good to meet, even at this time of the year, for an hour’s walk in Thornbury Park at 10.00 a.m on Saturday 21 November 2015.  Rendezvous by the playground near the London Road entrance.

As always happy to hear from anyone, email tony.louki@hounslow.gov.uk

TL 7.11.2015

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Improve London Road and Isleworth Station meeting: Wednesday 30 September 2015


Wednesday 30 September 2015

The Music Room, Spring Grove House, West Thames College

London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4HS

Doors open 7.15 pm, starts 7.30 pm, finishes by 9.00 pm

Many of us live by and use the facilities of London Road from Brentford to Hounslow, particularly the part in Spring Grove and Isleworth. It has seen better days and plenty of people want this decline reversed.

A number of residents and businesses have already agreed to come along on Wednesday in order to focus on ideas and solutions and to start working on a plan.

The aim is to have a working meeting so that people can quietly discuss issues and potential opportunities for London Road, St Johns Road and the station then feedback on ways forward.

It’ll be about finding out, ideas, solutions and avoidance of wasting time bashing the council, train companies or particular businesses.

Groups will focus on status, knowledge gaps and ambition for at least these aspects:

  • Isleworth Station (building, bridges, car park, access) and other public transport
  • Retail (the offer, fabric of premises, branding, business support)
  • Physical environment of London Road (road, pavements, street furniture, signs, trees)
  • Cleanliness, tidiness and community safety
  • Links to attractions and community facilities (Osterley Park, Indian Gymkhana, Brent Lea Recreation Ground, Syon Park, Thornbury Park, West Thames College, Brentford, the river).
  • Marketing initiatives, seasonal events, community participation.

I hope you may come but if not please drop me a line with any comments to tony.louki@hounslow.gov.uk.  Will try to keep you informed otherwise and via www.osterleyspringgrove.org

TL  27.9.2015

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A walk in the park yields ideas

Entrance to Thornbury Park

London Road entrance to Thornbury Park

Sidmouth Avenue and Crawford Close residents put in a shift

Invited by David and Eileen Tannahill of number 12, I had a walk with some 24 residents of all ages around Sidmouth Avenue, Crawford Close and Thornbury Park late September 2014 to discuss mainly environmental, flytipping and other occasional anti social behaviour.  People spoke of ideas to spruce up the neighbourhood, reduce flytipping, improve service roads safe access to Isleworth Station through the Metro Industrial Estate and to Thornbury Park.

An early outcome from that meet was a neighbourhood clean up day on the last Saturday of October (see photo).  Equipment, bags and a truck to take them away was arranged by Hounslow Highways and a skip was supplied by Hounslow Council’s Pollution Team.  Effort and enthusiasm was provided by a large number of residents. Continue reading

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