In recent weeks the Twickenham Riverside Trust confirmed its intention to lodge a strong objection against the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) made on 21 October by the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames Council, which is targeted primarily at the Diamond Jubilee Gardens.
The Twickenham Riverside Trust was set up in 2011 following an extensive campaign by local residents (including in a petition of over 8,500 signatures presented to Downing Street) explicitly to protect and preserve the public open space on Twickenham’s riverside. A 125-year lease on a substantial part of the Diamond Jubilee Gardens (opened in 2012) was granted to the Trust in 2014. At that time, the then Leader of the Council stated that the lease was granted “in perpetuity for the people, so that never again can any other Council come forward with a plan to sell [the Gardens] off to a developer”. In October 2021, however, the Council launched a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in order to enable development to take place on the Gardens. In November 2021, with 118 years still remaining on its lease, the Trust submitted its Objections to the CPO to the relevant Secretary of State’s office. The Trust has now published its CPO Objections and their appendices which you can find in full here The full list of published documents include
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