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The Jubilee River story - The Datchet Riverfront proposal

The majority of the Riverfront at Datchet is owned and maintained by Datchet Parish Council and the Environment Agency is responsible for the River Thames.

There is a Datchet Parish Council proposal to consider refurbishing the area (as detailed below) that has attracted some opposition.

It may be useful to read my Maskirovka* letter (December 2005) first. *Maskirovka – a Soviet military term for disinformation and deception.

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DPC Minutes - extract - 19 September 2011

DPC - Notice of meeting

Windsor Express - 20 January 2012 - Article extract

Windsor Express  - 20 January 2012 - Batt's about

Image - view upstream

Image - view downstream

Image - Impression of view downstream after works implementation.

Windsor Express - 26 January 2012 - on line

Windsor Express - 27 January 2012 - Batt's about

Datchet Parish Council Minutes - extract - 19 September 2011

Datchet Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE DATCHET VILLAGE HALL, ALLEN WAY,

ON MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2011 AT 8.00 P.M

11.146 GROUNDS - Datchet Riverfront Scheme

Members noted two reports prepared by Cllr I. Thompson concerning the possibility of a scheme

being prepared in conjunction with French Brothers and Kris Cruisers to develop and enhance

the riverfront site including its use as a ferry pickup and drop off point by French Brothers boats

using the river. Generally members were in agreement with the outline as also the establishment of a riverfront

working group consisting of Cllrs D. Lyons-Davis, T.A.J.O’Flynn, I. Thompson, Mrs M.

Fitzgerald and Mrs G. Manning together with the Clerk to the Council. As Lead Member for

Grounds it was anticipated that Cllr Lyons-Davis would be Chairman of this group.

The Clerk was authorised to make arrangements for an initial meeting together with

representatives from French Brothers and Kris Cruisers.

DPC Notice of works

 

 

 

 

Datchet Parish Council

 

1 Allen Way

Datchet

Slough

Berkshire

SL3 9HR

Web: www.datchetparishcouncil.org.uk                                                                      Graham J. Leaver Clerk

Email: Clerk@datchetparishcouncil.org.uk

Tel: 01753 773499

Mobile: 07973 730022

 

THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION AND THE

2012 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES

 

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CARRY OUT REPAIR AND REFURBISHMENT WORKS AND REINSTATE A RIVER PASSENGER PICK UP FACILITY WITHIN THE RIVER FRONTAGE AT DATCHET AT THE LOCATION PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS ‘DATCHET WHARF’.

The two existing boat mooring jetties at Datchet River frontage have become a hazard risk due to suffering dilapidation and damage over a number of years and as a consequence are deemed unsafe and have been prohibited for use by boat owners by the Datchet Parish Council on behalf of their insurers.

Additionally the foreshore footpath in one location has over the years suffered damage by boats and the damage being further exacerbated by flood events during recent years and requires repair for public safety.

The Datchet Parish Council intend to replace the two existing jetties with new structures suitable for present pleasure craft mooring and repair the damaged footpath frontage.

In addition to these works Datchet Parish Council wish to install a third jetty for use by passenger craft as a pick up location for spectators attending the rowing Olympic and Paralympics Games taking place at Dorney between June and September 2012.

The facility is intended for persons arriving in Datchet by train and those persons leaving their cars in Upton car park and wishing to enjoy a river journey experience.  The jetty is intended to remain in place following the Olympic Games and provide a continuing visitor facility for enjoyment of the River Thames cruise experience alternatively without the necessity of arrival by car.

The Datchet Parish Council’s intention is that all the above facilities be in place prior to both the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations and the Olympic games, however, the approval process is somewhat protracted and work cannot proceed until the approval has been granted, but has the full support of the Environment Agency who are the approving body.  Meanwhile Datchet Parish Council is continuing to press the Environment Agency for an early response, as the projection completion timescale is critical to this requirement.

The intended works have, in addition, the full approval of all of the river user association which exceed over 100,000 river craft owners and with Datchet Parish Council being invited to join with the Royal Borough in the organisation of these events. 

In addition to the above, Datchet Parish Council has been advised that the Village of Wallingford has also refurbished their mooring facilities which have resulted in an increase in trade to local businesses.  In view of the Country’s economic conditions the opportunity for Datchet businesses to benefit and participate in the two national events with some continuance into the future should not be missed and has the support of Datchet Parish Council.

Some of the facilities offered to Datchet visitors additional to free 24hr overnight mooring are a range of café’s, pubs, restaurants, hotels, post office and a mini-mart, for topping up those essential supplies and in addition facilities for River Cruise hire and marine services are immediately available on the adjoining site.

The necessity to repair existing structures coinciding with national events where Datchet has an opportunity to participate and benefit, should not be missed and therefore the Parish Council seek the support of all residents and businesses to ensure a successful outcome.

A meeting is arranged at the Parish Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th January 2011, all interested parties are invited to attend and present their views.

Contact relevant to this issue is requested to be made through the Parish  office.

Graham J. Leaver

CLERK TO THE COUNCIL

IT.DPC.jf.Intention to carry out repair&Refurbishment works.17.01.12

 

Below : Windsor Express - 20 January 2012 - Article extract

Below: Windsor Express  - 20 January 2012 - Batt's about

Below: View upstream showing damaged steps and two dilapidated jetties:

Below: View downstream

Below: Impression of view downstream after works implementation.

Below - Extract from Express on line 26 January 2012

Windsor Express Logo

Council to consider amendments to Datchet boat proposal

 
Datchet boat jettyAnger over plans to moor boats on a prized area of Datchet's riverside failed to erupt into the public mayhem some had feared.

Villagers packed Datchet Village Hall last night as members of the parish council outlined plans to put three wooden jetties on the riverbank at Windsor Road, enabling as many as six boats to moor.

The idea has appalled some villagers who fear the riverbank view being blocked and hordes of visitors bringing chaos.

It led to angry protesters besieging parish councillors as they met in the hall last week.

But yesterday's official public meeting was much calmer.

Parish councillor Ian Thompson told those present that the mooring plan was part of a wider scheme to tidy up the decaying river frontage.

Former parish councillor Harry Clasper, who led the opposition, won applause when he said he supported a restoration for the riverbank but not the destruction of the view by moored boats.

But a large proportion of the 70 or so people present clearly supported the mooring plan.

Several residents said that they did not object to the two rotting jetties on the riverbank being replaced, so that boats could moor again.

But they opposed the part of the plan that included a new third jetty that would enable  larger boats to stop.

Cllr Don Lyons-Davis, the parish council's lead member for grounds, said the authority would meet again and possibly come up with an amended proposal.

 

External link to source: http://www.windsorexpress.co.uk/News/Areas/Datchet/Council-to-consider-amendments-to-Datchet-boat-proposal-26012012.htm

Windsor Express - 27 January 2012 - Batt's about