The Fountain be Coming Back?
of Victorian monument returning to TW8
is mounting to bring Brentford's Fountain back home.
many residents, the Fountain simply refers to the Leisure Centre
near the Chiswick Roundabout. The name was chosen to mark the site
of the Victorian fountain that stood on the entrance of the old
Brentford market. When the market closed in 1974 the fountain was
moved to the new commercial site at Western International Market
planning brief for the former Scottish Widows site at Kew Bridge
identified the potential for relocation to this site. The application
for that site is at an advanced stage and likely to be reported
to the Isleworth and Brentford Area Committee in June and then on
to the Sustainable Development Committee for decision. With the
revised plans providing an open riverside space, many residents
are noting an excellent opportunity to return the fountain to Brentford.
are many challenges that would need to be faced, not least of which
would be listed building consent to remove it from the site of Western
International Market. However the fountain presents are rather incongruous
site at the entrance to the fruit and vegetable market and English
Heritage would be under a great deal of pressure to allow removal.
Fountain at its present location, Western International Market
Market in Brentford?
reveal plans to demolish Musical Museum church
St George bow to public pressure
likely to be resistance from the Market, and the question of ownership
will arise. The cost of removing the statue and fixing it at the new location
could approach £100,000, a figure which is unlikely to find favour
with developers St George.
is thought that if public pressure was sufficient, Hounslow Council would
be within their rights to insist that developers fulfill the suggestions
of the planning brief.
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