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Signage

Way finding in Kew

Update 16/12/2016

Richmond Council have been in touch with us to discuss their proposals for improving the signage around Kew Gardens station to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the National Archives, and Mortlake Crematorium which we have suggested, in our experience, are the key destinations visitors look for alongside Kew Green, Kew Pier and Kew Bridge,.

New signage installed at the station entrances/exits and the subway are an improvement but we agreed more could be done beyond the immediate station plaza and forecourt. The Council propose using a combination of ‘minilith’ style pillars and pole-mounted ‘finger’ signs to guide visitors from the station to locations where the path to the key destinations are more obvious. This would include miniliths on Station Approach and outside Victoria Gate (with links back to the existing Legible London scheme at Richmond Circus and Richmond Town Centre).  Another ‘minilith’ pillar may go in on the South Circular Road near the junction with High Park Road, supported by finger signs, to clarify the route to the crematorium and also highlight access to the National Archives and Kew Bridge/Pier/Green for pedestrians.

There are also more extensive proposals being planned for consultation next year to improve the way finding along Station Approach and Station Parade to the Botanic Gardens. Associated with this the Council intend to pare down the 2 or 3 signs outside the front of the station on the Botanic Gardens side of the station, with the existing information board removed as part of the forecourt improvement scheme they are working on in partnership with London Underground. On the Kew Plaza side they intend placing new signs pointing down West Park Road/Burlington Avenue towards the National Archive and/or crematorium as the existing finger sign is not obvious from the subway or the footbridge;  They are also discussing with Transport of London signage for the footbridge over the station.

The main aims are to use the Legible London signage which visitors are familiar with, to de-clutter the front of the station and provide a safer, more obvious pedestrian route from the station entrance towards Station Parade and Lichfield Road.

The work on the signage is likely to be complete in the Spring/Summer, in time for the main visitor season. It will mean losing some heritage style signage but should improve way finding for visitors and de-clutter signage not serving its purpose.

 

 

Waste & Recycling

Update 08/09/2016 Following up on key points raised at the talk we arranged on waste and recycling, we wrote to Councillor Fleming to ask whether something could be done to make access to recycling of small electrical goods and textiles easier, through kerbside collections,particularly for those who cannot easily get to the Townmead Road recycling centre,Continue Reading

Trees in Kew

Update 10/04/2017 Tree Management in Kew Richmond Council have confirmed that they will be planting over 500 trees across the Borough this year – a significant number. They expect to plant  between 500-1000 trees per annum for the foreseeable future to recover trees lost over decades. Update 02/04/2017 Kew Society talk on trees in the KewContinue Reading

Graffiti

Graffiti along the rail track between Kew and Richmond Update 25/02/2017 We are pleased to see that the grafitti on the railway bridge over the Mortlake Road has been removed. Update 27/01/2017 The graffiti on the buildings in North Avenue on the rail track side, visible from North Road, has been removed as well asContinue Reading

National Park City

Kew Society support for the Greater London National Park City We have added our support to this initiative which aims to identify Greater London as a National Park. Though London would not have the same legal status as other National Parks, it would emphasis the value that we put on our natural heritage – ourContinue Reading

Heathrow

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 05/04/2017 The Richmond Heathrow Campaign (RHC)  has responded to the consultation by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on the economic regulation of the new runway and capacity expansion at Heathrow. There will be a further consultation by the CAA in June and a final report in November 2017. The regulation aimsContinue Reading

NEWS

Telephone Boxes Telephone Box outside Lloyds Pharmacy in Kew Village (ref 17/1948/TEL) Update [more]
Bell and Crown pub and restaurant at Strand on the Green (Hounslow Council ref P/2017/1790) Upda [more]

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