Funding hopes for Dukes Meadows

Hounslow Council is one step closer to potentially securing half-a-million-pounds from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund to improve key areas in Dukes Meadows, Chiswick.

Published: Friday, 23rd March 2018

Dukes Meadows

Hounslow Council is one step closer to potentially securing half-a-million-pounds from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund to improve key areas in Dukes Meadows, Chiswick. 

The popular park, which overlooks the River Thames, is one of 12 London-wide projects which has been invited to submit a second application for funding from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund.

The Greener City Fund aims for London to become the first National Park City by attempting to make 50 per cent of the Capital green by 2050. This grand vision will see more trees planted, the restoration of London’s rivers and the creation of natural play-spaces for children and green routes to encourage walking and cycling. 

If successful, Hounslow Council plans to use the funding to redevelop the bandstand area, carry out landscaping works to enhance the park’s natural habitats, improve entranceways and provide better access to the towpath. 

This work will build upon improvements already carried out at Dukes Meadows by the council which include: improvements to the entrance at Edensor gardens; installation of CCTV; road repairs; better parking regulation, and improvements to the Dukes Hollow Nature reserve. 

This funding will also support wider plans for the site which were approved last month (February 2018). The plans set out improvements to the park and upgrades to sporting facilities on the site which include:

  • improved entrances for pedestrians,
  • enhancement of the Thames Path, 
  • renovation of the bandstand area and promenade, 
  • a new pedestrian bridge, 
  • ecological improvements including tree planting, creation of new habitats for bats and improvements to the nature reserve,
  • a new and improved boathouse, 
  • renovation of sports pitches and sports pavilions.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of the Council, said: “Working with residents and interest groups, over the past year we have focussed on what is best for this treasured park in our borough. We have listened and we will now begin to deliver what we have promised.

“We are delighted to have made it through to the second round of applications with the aim to secure vital funds that will see our grand ambitions take shape.

“We want Dukes Meadows to continue to be a well-used and well-loved space for years to come and this funding, if granted, will bring us one step closer to making this a reality.”

Formerly part of Devonshire Estate, Dukes Meadows is made up of 230 acres of open riverside land either side of the railway line that runs from Waterloo to Hounslow and on to Reading. It is a main site for major sports and recreation facilities, recording an estimated 1m visits, both from local residents and from across London and beyond, every year.

The council will now submit its second application and wait to hear if it has been successful. A decision is expected in the summer

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