Over the past year or so, the pile-driving at the riverfront has been completed by the contractor, Cook Piling, and the new river wall, financed by Datchet Parish Council, RBWM and the Barker Bridge House Trust is now in place. Other recent improvements include mooring rings on the new wall, a sealed-gravel margin at the roadside, new white posts and chains, York stone paving, new lighting bollards, levelled and returfed lawns and a new pedestrian refuge for crossing the road. There are also new picnic tables and benches, new larger litter bins, new public notices and the water fountain has been restored. Recent trials suggest that rope fencing may be successful in deterring geese from damaging the lawns and this is being investigated further. There are also plans to install a safety ladder on the riverside wall.
Development at the Riverside
Have you got a favourite photograph of the riverside which you’ve taken recently?
Now that the derelict jetties have been removed and the new pillars and kerb are in place, we’re celebrating the beautiful riverside views which are outlined in the Conservation Area Statement. If you have a favourite photograph you’d like to share, please email it, with a caption or description, to info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)datchetvillagesociety.org.uk for us to post here.
Here are a few of the photographs we’ve received so far. You can click on individual images to see larger versions.
From Nigel Knighton:
From Andrew Brotherston:
From Garrick Davis:
From Janet Kennish:
From Fiona Cryle:
From Adrian Giddins: