4. THE EMBANKMENT
We have taken the whole of the Embankment into consideration when looking at the issues around this proposed development, because it is a vital part of the riverside.
The downstream, Church Lane, end of the Embankment has always been part of the structure of the Lanes of Twickenham, and the whole of the promenade is an important and highly used public open space. It is one of the most easily recognised parts of Twickenham, and one of the most enjoyed by visitors and local people.
We have not addressed the traffic and parking issues in depth in this report; however, noting the amount the area is used, and the variety of purposes it serves, the parking should remain flexible.
To a great degree it is currently self-policing through constant vehicle and foot traffic. It is important to keep this vitality to preserve public safety and security.
The previous draft of this report said that the Embankment, which was last upgraded in 1975, is seriously in need of attention. Refurbishing the Embankment should have a high priority, and it should be in keeping with the development in colours, finish, and street furniture. Attached (see appendix 7) are ideas for the renovation of the area.
The costs of this refurbishment have yet to be assessed. However, these are overall improvements, some of which should be covered by the cost of redevelopment and some which should come under the auspices of various Council departments.