OFFER HOPE FOR THREATENED BUTTERFLY HOUSE
planning to build a luxury hotel in Syon
Park on behalf of the Duke of Northumberland
have offered some hope to supporters of
the threatened Butterfly House.
Duke's original plans would have meant
the demolition of the much-loved Butterfly
House whose lease is due to expire
in three years and also the Snakes
and Ladders indoor play area as well
as the Aquatic
Experience which are all on his land.
In their place there would be a luxury
155 bedroom Radisson Hotel.
motive behind the collaboration between
Radisson Edwardian Hotels and the Trustees
of the Twelth Duke of Northumberland's
Maintenance Fund Settlement is to "enhance
and preserve the listed buildings"
already in the Park. The Trustees had
argued that Syon House was being adversely
affected by the "unsightly and increasingly
underused commercial buildings."
The plans caused a massive outcry amongst
local people already concerned about the
steady decline in facilities for young
children and the loss of such popular
Radisson Edwardian Group are based in
Hounslow and headed by Jasminder Singh
who was recently featured as the fourth
richest Asian in Britain after Lakshmi
Mittal and the Hinduja brothers. The group's
Heathrow airport hotel is regular voted
the best for business travellers. Nick
Smart, a director of the hotel group reportedly
said that, "this development will
take the tat out."
Duke of Northumberland, one of the largest
land holders in the country, has attracted
much criticism over the scheme. He enjoys
substantial tax breaks from the Government
for Syon Park. One person on the forum
stated, " Why couldn't he have taken
the Long Leat approach and expanded the
facilities for children rather than shutting
Park's estate management are now saying
that they are in discussions to save the
Butterfly House. With three years to go
before the expiry of the Butterfly House's
lease and ten years for the other two
facilities there would seem to be plenty
of time for a successful resolution.