Riverside Update

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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.

Many thanks to Emma Lillywhite who first posted these images of the Riverside on Datchet Eye and who gave us permission to use them here.

Development at the Riverside
If you’d like to read more about the factors affecting Datchet Riverside from as many viewpoints as possible, please click here to download a 32-page Riverside Development Study which we hope you will find informative and unbiased. This does not represent the opinions of the DVS committee or members but brings together information from several different sources and includes useful links for further information or research.
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@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 Ade Giddins:

Cygnets getting ready to sleep at sunset on midsummer’s eve, 2017










From Davey Thompson, 2019

From Kiran Oram

Riverside Kiran Oram Jan 2019
January sunset 2019








From Allen Corcoran:

Boat moored at the riverside on midsummer’s day 2017
View from Victoria Bridge at dusk, December 2018








From Nigel Knighton:

From Andrew Brotherston:

From Garrick Davis:

From Janet Kennish:

From Fiona Cryle:

From Adrian Giddins:

From Emma Lillywhite

7 Responses

  1. Giulia Ovidu

    I am not in favour of replacing the jetties as our riverside has never looked this pretty. Jetties will spoil the view for the residents and will bring in additional unwanted traffic. Please re-consider this proposal.

  2. Marjorie Clasper

    These beautiful photographs clearly illustrate why the area is designated for conservation. We are so privileged to have these stunning river views in Datchet and residents should not allow them to be compromised by any distracting development.

  3. David Cannon

    The jetties have been apart of the riverside infrastructure for far longer than most of us have lived in the village, they were and need to remain, an integral part of the River Thames/ Datchet village interface.

  4. Allen Corcoran

    I was very interested to read about the history of the riverside, in the Riverside Study, and learn more about how it has changed over the past 150 years as the use of the area has changed.

  5. Joan Bryant

    What an extremely pertinent, informative and comprehensive Riverside Study. It has brought together so many
    threads and issues which we need to consider, as well as some policy constraints which I wasn’t aware of. Much appreciated!

  6. Carolyn Evans

    Riverside today looks lovely, but I was sad to see no jetties. I lived in Datchet from 1950-1972, and spent many happy hours standing on the jetties with a jam jar on a piece of string, trying to catch ‘tiddlers’, and feeding the ducks with my father, a treat when he returned from work, or at weekends. I was not the only child doing this. We occasionally were successful, but part of the pleasure was to quietly become part of the wildlife around. It was the beginning of a life long love of nature. We would see kingfishers occasionally, and many waterbirds, and I loved to watch the larger fish swim under the jetties.

  7. Barbara Drayton

    We are experiencing one of the harshest droughts here in the Hunter Valley, NSW Australia so it was so pleasant to look at these photos. Cool, green, peaceful and very beautiful. I could imagine walking along the path and sitting on the park bench. I am glad you are sharing this scene with all comers. Thankyou.

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