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Twickenham Lido

Public Comments From The Petition

The idea of reinstating a lido on the old pool site area in Twickenham came from the people of Twickenham in the same way that a Petition from residents led to the construction of the original Twickenham lido.

Over 2,000 people have signed the petition to bring back a lido and their comments show the desire to regenerate Twickenham with a lido, spa and award winning restaurant based on lidos in Clifton and Reading.

Here are some of the comments from the petition, particularly concerned with regeneration. Initials have been used instead of names which are on the website:

LC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This is a must for Twickenham's long term regeneration!

JS, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham has a growing population but lacks the leisure facilities which provide a focus and contribute to the cohesion and well being of the community. Town centres need to change if they are to survive and thrive and shops and offices (of which there is already a surplus) are not the answer. Sadly there was no opportunity to discuss the initial brief for the site.

JA, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I would like to see more in Twickenham than pubs and charity shops.

EL, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Because a lido would put the heart and soul back into the riverside. As someone who has visited the Clifton Lido I've seen what a positive financial and social impact it can have on a community.

GR,TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I am a local resident that would use this facility.

SN, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I'd really like to see a lido in Twickenham and it would be an amazing feature for the riverside which seems to have strong financial support.
 
MB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
At last something positive being developed for the people of Twickenham. It has been idle for far too long!

SD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It will bring a whole new lease of life to the area and generate business. We need this as the town centre is starting to die and shops are closing down.

SW, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
The riverside could be such an amazing place and this looks like the best plan I've seen.

LF, TWICKENHAM, ENG
It's a great idea and something Twickenham would really benefit from.

MD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Outdoor swimming facilities have been drastically reduced over the last 50 years and it's time that trend was reversed. The riverside site in Twickenham is an ideal location for a Lido and would have a dramatic effect on the character of what is currently a very drab and dull town centre.

MC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would help diversify the use of the centre and increase its vitality.

DG, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It will provide Twickenham with an added attraction, and a much needed leisure facility, and it will work.

AM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Much needed boost to riverside.

PB, TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham certainly needs more and better amenities and this would bring character, interest and people to the town. The riverside is a great spot but painfully underutilized. With imaginative schemes and good planning the Riverside and Church Street area could so easily bring long-term benefit to Twickenham by giving the town much needed focus.

AM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Would bring Twickenham riverside Alive again.

TD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be a wonderful addition to Twickenham providing the local people with a great facility along with local jobs and helping put us on the map in a positive way rather than being known for a high street of never ending vacant shop fronts that make our town look grubby and unloved which is such a shame as we all love our town!

JC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This would be a great much needed facility.

KG, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Local resident and would love to have this in my neighbourhood.

LF, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I've lived in Twickenham all my life and I would love to be able to swim out doors, it would change Twickenham high street for the better also.

SS, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I have visited Bristol Lido and think a similar Lido in Teickenham would be a fantastic addition to community facilities.

GD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
We need something to bring people into Twickenham and then perhaps we can have better High Street shops rather than countless Charity Shops (just a few too many in Twickenham)!!

JY, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Because I have lived in Twickenham for many years and love the look of this redevelopment.

CS, TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
This is a brilliant idea and will regenerate Twickenham And it's riverside. No one wants any more luxury flats.

DB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This would be wonderful for the Community. It would really lift the riverside of Twickenham. A much needed scheme for the area.

AS, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This is an excellent idea and opportunity for Twickenham residents to turn what is a pretty miserable looking site into something special.

NK, HAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
This would help regenerate the centre of Twickenham and would give residents a much needed facility as well improve the community. Hampton Pool is at bursting point.

AK, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It's a great idea.

LB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham deserves a facility local people actually want!

EB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I'm so proud to be a Twickenham resident and appreciate the beauty and potential of the town. How inspiring of Bristol.

CB, TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
A lido would give a much needed focus to Twickenham Riverside. This area can once become an amenity for the whole area. Lets do it!

GMH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This would be the right thing to do.

AR,  TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
We are not all rugby fans. But we do all spend time at the riverside and have put up with second best for far too long.

GW, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
The lido would be a great addition to the riverside for both locals and tourists.

CU, RICHMOND, UNITED KINGDOM
This venture would generate business in the Twickenham area, as well as providing local people with an enjoyable leisure facility.

TB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I have always had an interest in swimming and I swam for Great Britain. It would be perfect for young children to learn to swim on Twickenham Riverside.

JB, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I want the people of Twickenham to decide what gets built in Twickenham, not a Local Authority with its heart and soul in Richmond.

JC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
When I first came to Twickenham many years ago I used to swim in the swimming pool on a Monday evening. This enjoyed by a lot of people at that time. I found it very sad to see the site become derelict and unused for so many years.

RO, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I am moving to Twickenham and the proposed lido and cafe / retail space would be a great asset to residents.

LBL, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
I grew up in Twickenham and the pool was a favourite childhood haunt. After decades of abandonment, what the council eventually created is cheap and nasty. When I come home, I don't want to visit a riverside that is full of underage drinkers and tramps, I want to see a vibrant community treasure that holds up Twickenham as a place beyond rugby and pubs.

SD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It will bring a whole new lease of life to the area and generate business. We need this as the town centre is starting to die and shops are closing down.

MDP LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I live in the borough and think this would be an asset to the community.

NH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Would be a great asset to the area.

JW, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham needs this Lido as part of the regeneration of the riverside as well as the town centre in general.

MF, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham needs this!

RP, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it's important to have alternative spaces for people whose priority in life isnt just shopping or using commercial based places. We need more spaces that allow being in touch with nature and to relax using the resources available.

SB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
What a great place to have one.

AB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It's a brilliant idea - something that would really benefit Twickenham and the surrounding area.

 JP, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Sounds like a great idea and should be financially viable.

MR, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I learnt to swim at Twickenham pool! My children and many others would benefit from this wonderful idea.
There are just too many reasons not to say a resounding 'YES' to this proposal!

JC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
When I first came to Twickenham many years ago I used to swim in the swimming pool on a Monday evening. This enjoyed by a lot of people at that time. I found it very sad to see the site become derelict and unused for so many years.

CH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be a wonderful asset to Twickenham.

TA,  HAMPTON WICK, UNITED KINGDOM
Brilliant idea,15 years overdue.

NB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I live in Twickenham and have always thought it a shame that the refurb of Jubilee Garden did not include reopening the lido. The space would be much more utilised if it was.

LO, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be a great addition to our town.

SC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be fantastic for Twickenham. Twickenham rely too much on the rugby ground. Would be nice to have something in Twickenham for the local people.

AH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it would work so well in Twickenham and be a real asset.

WD, TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
Teddington Pool can't meet the demand for lessons, training and water-based exercise classes. We really need another pool in the area.

SC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
My daughter would of loved going there.

CT, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
The old pool closed the week we moved here. That was about 35 yrs ago and I've been waiting for it to re open ever since! But like the ice rink!

KS, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It could be great for the local community and businesses.

JW, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
A Lido would bring some life back in to Twickenham and rejuvenate a tired town, making Twickenham a go-to destination once again. A Lido would be used by all sections of the community, and would be hugely popular (as the Bristol Lido is). There is already the surrounding infrastructure in place to support a Lido - access, parking, public transport etc. Please please please support what would be a very welcome addition to our local area!

CB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
We need more things like this and will improve image.

AB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it would be an asset to the area.

NB, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it's a great idea and would drastically influence the footfall/spend on our high street, well after the RWC has come and gone.

SY, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This looks great and my family and I would use it all the time!

CB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I love this idea and have thought for a number of years it would be a great addition the area, locals and visitors alike.

SE, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Change and progress is essential to modern life and Twickenham is no exception.

GT, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be lovely!

NW, TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
It will make the area more attractive and bring lots of visitors helping to develop, regenerate and revive the area.

LC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I'm signing because I think it would be a wonderful and much needed development for the area!

JB, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be lovely and would make Twickenham a real destination!

CC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it will be a great addition to Twickenham encouraging families to come together and enjoy the area, something wonderful for the younger and older, a benefit for everyone.

JS TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it would be a real asset for Twickenham.

SG, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I strongly believe that bringing back swimming facilities to Twickenham would greatly enhance the well being of the community.

EH, TWICKENHAM, ENG
I'm signing because this would be an absolute godsend for Twickenham. We really don't make the most of our riverside location and it's about time something was done for the residents rather than visiting rugby fans!

SF, TWICKENHAM
Its a great idea, good meeting place and swim and exercise love it.

AK, ISLEWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
I know the one in Bristol and it's wonderful.

MW, TWICKENHAM, ENG
I've lived in Twickenham sInce 1970, remember swimming in the original open air pool and I'm frustrated that its demise has resulted in a serious lack of imagination and stalemate. A new Lido will bring a long awaited and much needed community oriented focus to the town centre once again.

SM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I am a local resident who would love a lido.

JB, LONDON, ENG
I'm from Twickenham and it needs a Lido...furthermore where is the ice rink re-build promised but never delivered.

NH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
What a great idea!

JH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
The Council took away our ice rink and swimming pool, neither of which have been replaced. A lido would be a fantastic addition to Twickenham and put our wonderful Town back on the map.

TB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It sounds awesome.

EF, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Very beneficial to residents and attract custom to TW1. Brilliant for the entire community in many ways.

JB, LONDON, ENG
I'm from Twickenham and it needs a Lido...furthermore where is the ice rink re-build promised but never delivered.

TB, TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
I am a local swimming coach and we have a paucity of swim Facilities off the back of the London Olympic legacy - I love hampton pool outdoor and would strongly support and development to the local community having additional swim opportunities.

GM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would add something special to the scheme and to Twickenham.

JH, TWICKENHAM, ENG
I am a local resident and feel this would be an asset to the riverside and community resources.

JA, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
A lido would be such a fabulous life-enhancing thing for Twickenham. It would bring people to this run-down town and perk it up wonderfully.

CM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This is a superb idea and would be highly valued by local people.

DB, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Beneficial to the health and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

JM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
A lido would be a fantastic addition to the Twickenham community and compliment the riverside developments.

HB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it will make that dodgy space something productive.

NC, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I used the old Twickenham Pool regularly and have always mourned its passing. Twickenham is a pretty boring town with very little other than shops and restaurants. I feel a Lido would be a huge asset to the area and bring the much needed public benefiting the whole town.

AM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be so good.

CH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This is just what Twickenham needs! We are missing a real trick with the Riverside area in Twickenham. It is so obvious! Let's get this done already - why not?

JC, TWICKENHAM, ENG
This would be a real asset to the town centre.

RR, TARNOWSKIE, POLAND
I grew up there as a child and the outdoor pool was amazing in the summer. I think it will encourage more people to come to the riverside as well as a sports facilities for swimmers and triathletes. It's sad to just to see a garden that's always empty now.

JA, TWICKENHAM, ENG
I'm signing because Twickenham needs more than just new pavements!

SK, FELTHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham needs this type of business to regenerate the area! I worked in Twickenham for 15 years and it needs this!

BK, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It should have been done 10 years ago!

SB TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
I remember the Lido when I was a teenager and the Richmond Ice Rink and am sorry that these have been lost to the borough . There was very little of these sporty and sociable pastimes for my own two daughters to be able to visit when they were growing up in the area , it is very important to keep these amenities alive for everyone.

KP, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Looks amazing and great for community.

JL, TEDDINGTON, ENG
I am signing this as a lido would offer so many opportunities to The Twickenham river front and help to regenerate the area and return the town back to its splendid past, I am sure with imaginative management it would be a success and rugby fans managed.

SC, TWICKENHAM, ENG
I've never understood why the swimming pool site wasn't made back into a swimming pool. There's no doubt it would be hugely popular and successful in Twickenham.

JK, TEDDINGTON, ENG
It's very obviously a good idea...

EM, TWICKENHAM, ENG
This would finally inspire more people to visit Twickenham and help make residents feel proud of their home town. The site has been left dormant for way too long. It's about time there was something given back to the Twickenham community to enjoy and inspire an active, healthy lifestyle.

DR,TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham needs its heart back.

DL, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Great idea for the community benefit hope the council gets this one moving.

NF, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Every section of the community would benefit from a lido, and Twickenham centre is looking pretty grim and could do with a lift.

CG,MIDDLESEX, UNITED KINGDOM
As a local I believe this would be the best thing to have in this space.

DO, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be good for Twickenham.

Thames Baths Project, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM I'm signing because of the benefits to the local community of an outdoor pool. Health & well-being, employment and a community hub for starters.

SC, TWICKENHAM, ENG
It's the right thing to do and it's about time.

CDC, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Such a facility would be such an amazing and necessary leisure facility for Twickenham. We have so many lovely restaurants and hairdressers but desperately need a sporting facility that isn't a rugby stadium and is accessible to local residents.

SD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I feel it would be a great benefit to the riverside in Twickenham.

RG, LONDON, ENG
It's time to make something of the great riverside location. Local planning has been ineffective for far too long!

SP, TEDDINGTON, ENG
I swam at Twickenham as a child and have always objected to the way LBRUT let go of the pool, ice rink + odeon - key amenities for children and families in the area.

CB, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think it's a shame this wasn't reinstated where the old baths were instead of the Diamond Jubilee Gardens in the first place.

KW, LONDON, ENG
I used to LOVE going to the swimming baths in Twickenham. It was a terrible tragedy when it closed and was left abandoned for so long.

DH, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Such a marvellous idea - would be great for everyone!

JS, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I believe it will help improve the town.

MG, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
I remember going to the Pool numerous times when I was a child in the seventies and have never forgiven the council for closing it down for years and then finally demolishing it.

JL, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Having a lido in Twickenham would be amazing.

GR, TWICKENHAM, ENG
This is a great idea. Let's regenerate the whole riverside and move the car park next.

BM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think this would be a brilliant addition to twickenham riverside.

LM, TWICKENHAM, ENG
It is a no brainer! Twickenham riverside could be so much better than it is and a plan like this should have been actioned years ago!

KR, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Lovely idea to help bring life to Twickenham town centre.

NM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
The river front buildings are wasted & have been in the 13 years I've lived here - standing idle whilst politicians argue. Do something for crying out loud & this looks like a particularly good idea.

AN, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Because they robed us of our last pool and our ice rink!

SH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I feel that this will have such a positive impact on the future and community of twickenham.

HK, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be amazing for the area!!!!!

CD, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Twickenham is such a busy area, always full of traffic. Would be great to have somewhere to relax and feel like you are away from the madness.

IH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be a huge asset to Twickenham.

NM, TWICKENHAM, ENG
I'm signing this because I think it's a brilliant idea for Twickenham, It would be lovely to have to use for my family & meet friends.

EM, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It's important for our community.

CW, RICHMOND, UNITED KINGDOM
Lido concept looks fantastic and would for well in the Twickenham community.

JF, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Because the area needs more than just shops & businesses.

NH, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It would be fantastic to have a lido in twickenham. Would bring people to the town and more revenue.

CS, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
A lido would be an asset to the community and help local businesses.

HH, TEDDINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
It's so important to teach kids to swim and there is nothing nicer than an out door pool. Look how well Hampton Pool does.

HG, TEDDINGTON, ENG
It's about time we had something nice for us residents in twickenham instead of spending loads of money on rugby fans!

NP, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Be Brilliant!

ST, TWICKENHAM, ENG
The Lido would be extremely popular for locals and visitors. It would bring in visitors to the town and boost the economy.

BP, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
The Twickenham Lido was a fantastic local asset during the summer months and it was a tragedy when it closed made worse by the complete failure to make any good use of the site since! Bring back the Lido and make Twickenham a fun place to be in summer!

CS, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It's a benefit for Twickenham residents and will attract non-residents and improve the area.

SI, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I feel it'll be a real asset to TW1!

CA, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This is an awesome idea - I would definitely use it!

DS, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Twickenham would really benefit from this.

JF TWICKENHAM, ENG
This is exactly what Twickenham needs.

DS, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Yes please to a lido in Twickenham!!!!

SM TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Our swimming pool was never replaced, and how great would this be on our doorstep? lower obesity levels....

EO, TWICKENHAM, ENG
I think it's a great idea!

DF, TWICKENHAM, ENG
This would be a fabulous addition to Twickenham!

NC, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Great, energetic, traditional attraction in keeping with beautiful Twickenham riverside. Yay!

FB, TWICKENHAM, ENG
This would be fantastic!

JB, TEDDINGTON, ENG
It fits perfectly with the surroundings and benefits the community.

MW, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
It's about time Twickenham had s riverside to be proud of.

SG, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
I think having an area that takes advantage of and draws people to the riverside in Twickenham that also supports active living is a great idea.

HM, TWICKENHAM, ENG
What a great facility it would be to have in our local area.

CO, TWICKENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
This is the best proposal for the community.

BP, TWICKENHAM, ENG
Twickenham needs it we have lost our pool too many years ago, and no other sporting/leisure venue was built after the the dissppeance of the ice skating rink too. This lido is s brilliant idea.