Take Action – Template Letter to Richmond Council

Please feel free to amend or write your own letter to the Leader of Richmond Council using the suggested text below. You may also like to write a similar letter to Zac Goldsmith MP zac@zacgoldsmith.com.

By email: Cllr.PHodgins@richmond.gov.uk

By post:

Leader’s Office,
c/o Democratic Services
York House

Dear Councillor Paul Hodgins,

I am writing to you about the proposed redevelopment of the old Mortlake Brewery site. While the development has significant potential to regenerate the area, I am very concerned about the following aspects of the plans.

Traffic and parking

The latest plans provide for parking on site for over 660 vehicles. Roads in the area already come to a standstill at peak times. Air quality at Chalkers Corner and Sheen Lane level crossing is already very poor, especially in winter.

This development is an opportunity to integrate far-sighted traffic and transport solutions that will reduce car use and make our streets safer and healthier. Walking, cycling and public transport need to be comprehensively addressed. Widening the road at Chalkers Corner will only increase the amount of traffic through Mortlake, Barnes and East Sheen.

Sheen Lane level crossing

The Sheen Lane level crossing is already deemed to be ‘high risk’ by Network Rail. The addition of several thousand residents and school students risks making the situation worse. A safe solution must be found to this already congested and dangerous level crossing.

Density of the development

Richmond needs more homes, but with the site’s access constrained by the river and the railway, no more than 550 new homes should be built rather than the 880 currently proposed. At least half of these should be some form of clearly defined affordable housing to serve key workers and low-income residents of the borough.

New school

The positioning of large 1200 student secondary school as well as new homes on the sports field means the loss of hugely valuable green space (see below re loss of sports field). Any new school should be of an appropriate size and have access to the sports field which should also be available for community use.

Loss of sports field

The sports field on the brewery site is of great historic value to the Mortlake community and is a precious resource, especially as the population grows.  It provides significant health and aesthetic benefits and if lost, can never be replaced. The construction of two apartment blocks and a school on the sports field is unacceptable.

Road widening at Chalkers Corner

Plans to widen the road at Chalkers Corner means that residents of Chertsey Court will have dozens of mature trees removed and busy traffic lanes brought even closer to their homes. Residents have not been consulted and Richmond Housing Partnership has not informed them of the plans and their impact. Traffic problems created by the development must not be passed on to other residents in the area.

I hope you will take these concerns into account and insist that the developers and relevant public authorities take action to ensure that the development benefits the community for many years to come.

Yours sincerely,

(your name and address here)