• Letter to the Richmond & Twickenham Times,15/08/14

Sir:- The seven editions of your paper since the Gloriana imbroglio began have carried 37 letters about it. Assuming you have followed your usual practice of printing letters for and against in proportion to what you receive for and against, we can use them to estimate the state of public opinion. I make it 7 for (two from one person), (19 %), 23 against (62 %) and the rest neutral (19 %). So please lets not hear any more from Lord True’s acolytes about how everyone loves Gloriana, only a few Lib Dems opposing it for political reasons, etc.

Actually the borough’s Lib Dems have been silent on the merits of the scheme, even after Vince Cable’s letter to residents, except for Cllr Alexander Ehmann who spoke up on behalf of the residents of St Margaret’s at last month’s cabinet meeting. It was local residents who packed out the protest meeting at the Winchester Hall, as the ward councillors who turned up to claim ignorance of the scheme must have realised. It was the same local people who packed out the cabinet and council meetings. It is the same local Riverside people who are waiting for their councillor, Susan Chappell, to come clean about when she first knew about the scheme.

The strength of feeling is extraordinary, far greater than that which the Lib Dems aroused when they tried to develop the pool site, as Orleans Gardens is used every day of the year whereas no-one had seen the pool site for 30 years. It has been aroused and spread by social media: Facebook, Petitions24.com, Twitter, YouTube and local blogs, flatfooting the council’s expensive PR consultants with their glossy leaflets that no-one reads.

We must hope that the Heritage Lottery Fundwho have twice already tried to explain to the Council that a new shed for a new boat is not heritage, will next month waste no time in rejecting their bid as the embarrassing fantasy it is.

Yours, etc.

Christopher J Squire

• HLF suggest site at Platts Eyot, Hampton

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From Twickerati:

Sasha August 6, 2014 at 9:06 am:

‘This is the derelict boathouse on Platts Eyott, Hampton and on the English Heritage “at risk” register – a big shed, with a canal already in place. Looks perfect to me: 104924

Timber-framed boathouse built 1917 by Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott for the Thorneycroft firm to build torpedo boats for the Admiralty.

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Alexis August 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm:

‘ . . I used to row past both sides of it and was fascinated by the crumbling boathouse where WW1 and 2 MTB’s were built and launched. Sadly the listed boathouse, no:4 has been falling down for years despite the sturdy Belfast trusses, which, by the way, supported many wartime aircraft hangars – four of which still stand today at Duxford, built during WW1.

There is a narrow bridge onto the Eyot from the road to Lower Sunbury which precludes easy access. It is privately owned and there have been plans for a “Port Hampton”, however I believe that the local councillors are firmly opposed to the proposed development. Perhaps a site visit by the Friends and a meet with the owners might be worthwhile? I suspect it will quickly rule the Eyot in or out as an option . . ’

Alexis August 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm:

‘ . . Sascha, Platts Eyot is well worth an explore because its quite odd, as am I, since I like old industrial and military buildings. I’m not sure if you need permission, I didn’t a few years ago, so, since there are commercial offices on the Eyot it should still be OK. The car park is on the left just before the Lady Eleanor Holles school boathouse going towards Lower Sunbury. Otherwise google it.’

Reposted from:

• Gloriana in Twickenham: Where Are We Now? [Twickerati July 26]

• Platts Eyot [wikipedia]

Grid reference: TQ133691

• Why Gloriana is not ‘Heritage’

‘ . . 1.2 Briefly discussed the possibility of getting funds from [the Heritage Lottery Fund]. Lord Stirling has connections with this organisation. Generally felt that this may not be possible as the project, although dealing with heritage matters, was essentially new and hence probably not applicable . . ‘

Gloriana board meeting, May 7 2014.

Source: A Freedom of Information request to the council from Sasha Katarina

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logo_hdr_HLF  ‘What we fund:

We fund projects which focus on heritage. Heritage includes many different things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations, for example:

– Archaeological sites;

– Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;

– Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes;

– Historic buildings and streets;

– Histories of people and communities (including people who have migrated to the UK);

– Histories of places and events;

– Languages and dialects;

– Natural and designed landscapes and gardens;

– Natural heritage, including habitats, species and geology; and

– People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’ or spoken history);

– Places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history . . ’

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‘The Board . .  delegates powers to regional . . committees which make decisions on awards . . up to £2million. There are 12 committees . .  made up of local people recruited through open advertisement . . Read about the members of our . . committees: . . London

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What is heritage?

‘Heritage’ comprises: archaeology on land and under water, historic buildings sites and areas, designated landscapes and the historic elements of the wider landscape.

from: Funding of the arts and heritage Written evidence submitted by English Heritage September 2010.

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• Is the Gloriana ‘heritage’?

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NO. It’s only two years old and it is a new design, derived from a Canaletto painting, not a replica of an actual boat.

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