Release Date: 21/06/2012
The towpath between Mortlake and Barnes Bridge has been significantly improved thanks to a grant of £30,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Richmond Council has upgraded the surface of the Mortlake Towpath with a new granite surface to help prevent large puddles forming after high tides and rainfall, which has often left the path impassable. It is anticipated the structural upgrade to the path will make the area more accessible for all and encourage people to utilise the towpath as part of their commute and during their leisure time.
The existing granite set footpath from the White Hart public house has also extended by 100 metres, upstream, towards Mortlake High Street.
Richmond Council were able to carry out the works following a £30,000 grant from Viridor Credit, an environmental company, through the Landfill Communities Fund. Working in partnership with The West London River Group and Thames Strategy ‘Kew to Chelsea’, the Council has been able to undertake the improvement work.
In addition to the surface improvements, Richmond Council has also funded five new benches along the riverside between the White Hart public house and Barnes Bridge. The steps by the White Hart public house were also widened and a hand rail and ramp were installed to allow buggies and wheelchairs safer access onto the towpath.
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council’s Strategic Cabinet member for Environment, said: “The towpath used to suffer terribly following high tides which made it pretty difficult for people to use it. The resurfacing work has transformed the section into a fantastic pathway which is now fit for purpose. Local people are very proud of the fantastic parks and open spaces we have in our borough, and the true measure of their success is seeing them well used. The towpath is set in a beautiful location and is very popular with both residents and visitors. These improvements will really open the towpath up for everybody to use.”
The Thames Strategy ‘Kew to Chelsea’ promotes the long term vision for the river that seeks to bring the Thames back to life, reconnect it to the rest of the City, improve the riverside environment, promote high quality urban design and promote greater public use and enjoyment of the river.