Restoration work started on 19 April and lasts around three weeks, funded through a grant to TIS from, and managed by, the London Borough of Hounslow.
EXTRACT: APRIL NEWSLETTER
Arrangements are all in hand for work commencing 19th April on a bit of a facelift to the Clock Tower War Memorial. This will take around three weeks, to be finished well in time for the centenary celebration planned for 26th June 2022. While the original TIS application was for a grant from the Borough’s Thrivin
EXTRACT: APRIL NEWSLETTER
Arrangements are all in hand for work commencing 19th April on a bit of a facelift to the Clock Tower War Memorial. This will take around three weeks, to be finished well in time for the centenary celebration planned for 26th June 2022. While the original TIS application was for a grant from the Borough’s Thriving Communities Fund in the end common sense prevailed in that because the monument is Council owned it stands to reason renovation is their responsibility. Final agreement therefore is that the sanctioned funds are being retained within a Council Cost Centre with a Conservation Officer commissioning the contract and project managing the work. This has the added advantage that unlike if TIS ordered the work VAT will not be paid. A small sum has come direct to TIS to cover expenses of the celebratory event and renewal and update of the heritage plaque.
Continuing deterioration of The George Inn (Grade ll Listed), at the has been a cause for anxiety. A March update received direct from the Deen Centre which owns the property indicated negotiations with a contractor for works to the building were underway and this was shortly followed by scaffolding being erected. Another sign of progress on required improvements is that the type of bricks to be used has been agreed to re-build the perimeter wall demolished earlier in the year having been deemed unsafe.
All Saints’ Churchyard was awarded Green Flag Status last year. Emanating from this substantial funding has been allocated by the Council for improvements there. To this end in January a walkabout took place led by GS360 officer Liam Moore, in which TIS took part, and included the Archdeacon and Vicar Ali Walton (latter has now left the Parish) to assess an overview of possibilities to be included in a proposed works programme. An update following officer negotiations with relevant consultants is to follow in due course.
West Middlesex Hospital is undertaking a consultation with local residents over a proposal to build a five storey Ambulatory Diagnostic Centre located at Hepple Close/Park Road. Their timeline to submit a planning application is April 2022, with Spring/Summer 2023 for construction to begin, Summer/Autumn 2025 to complete the proposed build.
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE ROSEMARY BUNCE
Sadly, Rosemary died on 15thFebruary 2022. Since 1999 she had been a stalwart, often unsung, TIS committee member adding value in a wide variety of ways, not least through overseeing planning issues. Her immense contributions to the local area also encompassed being the backbone and founder of Friends of Isleworth Public Hall as well as Old Isleworth Four Roads Residents’ Association. Examples among achievements large and small far too many to recount are helping to galvanise sufficient local support to shame the Local Authority into seeking funding to re-open Isleworth Public Hall when it abruptly closed in 1996, spearheading the Isleworth War Memorial Restoration Project of 2000-2 and masterminding annual provision of flowering baskets on lamp posts within the Four Roads. Rosemary will be sorely missed not only for her contributions to improving the fabric of Isleworth but by her many personal friends, and her family always at the centre of her world.
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The Northumberland Estates has exercised its right to appeal against the refusal of planning permission by the London Borough of Hounslow'