PLA Notice of River Events 2014
The PLA have issued this advice for events taking place on the river in Spring/Summer 2014.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all events on the upper district of the tidal Thames, but does include all major events likely to have an effect on navigation.
Rowing vessels and coaching launches in the area that are not involved in these races are asked to avoid obstructing races, if safely possible.
Tidal flow warnings
The PLA has set up this website which is very useful for keeping up to date with tidal flow warnings, safety bulletins and the like.
Tree planting on Oliver’s Island
Following the completion of work to Oliver’s Island the PLA organised the ceremonial planting of a Willow Tree to replace one lost earlier. About a dozen Strand on the Green residents were able to attend – despite the inclement weather and flood tides – followed by refreshments at the Greyhound Pub on Kew Green.
Petition against new stadium at Lionel Road
If you feel strongly about the new stadium proposed for Lionel Road South, please sign this electronic petition.
It has been started by one of our members and it’s one of the last chances we have for local residents to voice their opinion, so please feel free to pass it on.
It would make a significant point if we could top the thousand mark.
Subject: Rower Notification – Mogden
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:20:33 +0000
Rower notification from Thames Water: Mogden Sewage Treatment Works (STW)
Within the next hour, Mogden Sewage Treatment Works will be discharging heavily diluted storm water into the River Thames.
Storm water is screened, settled in tanks and mixed with fully treated wastewater before it reaches the river.
Work has been carried out at Mogden to increase the treatment capacity during and after heavy rain in our catchment. Regrettably, there are still times that this capacity is exceeded, and with nowhere else for the excess storm sewage to go, these discharges to the river are legal and consented.
Thames Water Customer Services – Mogden Line (24hr/day): 0845 641 0030
Mogden is the third largest Sewage Treatment Works in the UK, serving 1.9 million people. For more information please visit www.thameswater.co.uk/mogden
The Environment Agency has issued the following advice, which residents of Strand on the Green may find of use:
Summer Party success
This year’s summer party was a resounding success. The weather for once was fantastic and the skies remained clear for the entire evening by the beautiful river view. The BBQ and food were well received and enjoyed by all the party.
There are some pictures that have been posted on the SOGA Facebook page that were kindly taken by Melanie Rosen.
Also if you have not joined please sign up to the SOGA facebook page and add comments and your photos of this unique area.
Annual General Meeting
The committee presents its annual report and accounts to members each January at its AGM held in the local school. This is an important get-together when members can shape the policy of the Association and elect its committee. Guest speakers provide more information on topical subjects, recent presentations covering the restoration of the revetments around Oliver’s Island (the PLA), and the improvements to London’s sewage system and river water quality (Thames Water).
River Clean Up
Each Spring SOGA invites our members and their friends to volunteer to help clean up the river bank, providing gloves and bags, and a skip from the PLA. Everyone has a great morning or afternoon out depending on the tides, and some make ‘unusual discoveries.
Brentford football Club development plans for Lionel Rd Stadium
You will know of the proposal by the Brentford Football Club to build a 20,000 seat stadium just north of the Kew Bridge station. Their formal request for planning g permission has now been filed.
There are varying views about the stadium itself, but it could bring permanent change to Strand on the Green if it goes ahead. As or more controversial, are the plans of the BFC to sell off the land around the site for residential development, in order to raise money to build their new complex. The land available for this is limited by the roads and railway lines that fringe the Lionel Road site, and the outline planning application for the flats therefore involves a number of densely-packed high-rise apartment buildings with 910 housing units and a hotel. The height and density infringe many of Hounslow’s own guidelines but the Council is ready to waive such limitations for the perceived benefits to the football club.
BFC have already written to all their members asking them to write to the Council in support of the Scheme. The latest draft of the Association’s response to the planners is attached. We have talked to the neighbouring associations in Brentford, Chiswick and Kew, all of whom will be opposing the scheme as presently drafted. But numbers count. If you feel strongly about the BFC planning application, please write now to the Council in your own words. The address is:
Development Management, London Borough of Hounslow, The Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4DN
You should also quote:
Land at Lionel Road South, Brentford, London TW8 9QR
Planning No. 00703/A/P11, App. ref. P/2013/1811