Improvement works taking place along the Promenade at Dukes Meadows are one part of a partial redevelopment of the area which was granted planning consent on 18 April 2018.
Published: Wednesday, 20th October 2021
Improvement works taking place along the Promenade at Dukes Meadows are one part of a partial redevelopment of the area which was granted planning consent on 18 April 2018 and follow extensive engagement and consultation with residents and key stakeholders dating back to September 2016.
The works will regulate uncontrolled, obstructive and in some cases damaging parking, a problem which has been reported on numerous occasions from residents, visitors and the Dukes Meadows Trust themselves. The work will allow the Council greater scope to manage issues and improve the site as part of the Council's Green Recovery Scheme, which aims for zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Development plans continue to be shared with all stakeholders and work is consistent with the masterplan that has been developed with the community, including a fully engaged Dukes Meadow Trust. Work is being carried out with due regard to the beautiful environment and to allow more visitors to enjoy the area, whilst protecting the natural surroundings.
Materials used for parking will complement the setting with a landscaping solution that has a rigid base for parking whilst allowing the growth of grass through and around it. Soil which is partially excavated will be re-instated and will lead to reduced damage being caused to the surface, particularly during wet weather, but will limit visual impact on the surrounding natural environment.
The car parking scheme prevents lorries and coaches bring parked by limiting the size of spaces and parking restrictions on surrounding roads preventing access. The parking scheme will also deter some car use and encourage sustainable travel with additional cycle parking provisions.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:
“It is fantastic we have managed to carry on our ambitious investment programme into Dukes Meadows park even during this difficult time. The Council is committed to continue the improvements highlighted in the masterplan and Dukes Meadows is one of the 21 sites in Hounslow that achieved a Green Flag award.
“It is frustrating that there is still misinformation on something that has been communicated many times, but I hope that this is another opportunity to demonstrate how the Council has the improvement of Dukes Meadows at heart and that the improvements reflect what the consultation and engagement has highlighted.”