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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.

 

 

Port of London Authority: Proposed Tree works on the Towpath

The Port of London Authority have published plans for more proposed tree works on the towpath between Beverley Brook and Kew commencing late January/February 2017.  Any comments or concerns please contact James Trimmer, Director of Planning & Environment, PLA james.trimmer@pla.co.uk or environment@kewsociety.org. See the documents below for details. All areas are included since many peopleContinue Reading

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

Tree Management in Kew Update 20/01/2017 Richmond Council have notified us that as part of their regular tree inspection programme they have identified 9 trees in Alexandra Road, Kew, for removal, with pruning works due to the remainder. Residents in Alexandra Road are being informed and consulted on replanting with a map and photographs showing suggestedContinue 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

Road Works – Kew Bridge Repairs

Repairs to Kew Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge Update 01/02/2017 In addition the the works on Kew Bridge, Hammersmith and Fulham Council in partnership with TfL will be undertaking essential maintenance work on Hammersmith Bridge. The bridge will be closed during February Half term, Saturday 11 February until Monday 20 February. Motorists will be diverted viaContinue 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

Richmond Council’s Tree Policies

Re-planting felled trees in Kew Update 06/02/2016 In response to a question from members we have confirmed with the Council the latest timetable for re-planting felled trees in Kew. In the planting season just finishing, 205 trees were planted across the Borough. This is fewer than usual whilst the Council’s revised strategy for planting isContinue Reading

Heathrow

Heathrow Night Noise and expansion proposals The Richmond Heathrow Campaign (RHC), to which we belong, has made a detailed response to the Government’s consultation on night flights. You can see the response together with the consultation document and guidance on how you can add your voice.here: http://www.richmondheathrowcampaign.org/. If you have not already had your say, pleaseContinue Reading

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