On 11 May, Munira submitted a letter in support of Richmond Council’s plans to transform Twickenham Riverside, as part of the public inquiry that is due to start on 6 June.

Under the plans, the new riverside would be larger, greener, more open and more accessible. It would be better connected to both the river and the high street, with new lawns and trees planted, and a new playground, café and shops, alongside much-needed affordable housing for residents. It would also be safer and more inviting for pedestrians, with the removal of the car park that currently acts as a barrier between the existing open space and the river.

The future of Twickenham Riverside has been in limbo for 40 years. In 2018, a design competition was run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to develop new plans. In a public competition, residents voted overwhelmingly for the design by Hopkins Architects, which was also endorsed by resident stakeholder groups.

Munira said:

“Our beloved stretch of the river is one of the most beautiful along the Thames, and Twickenham residents have a huge affection for it. Yet, Twickenham Riverside feels disconnected and separate from the high street and the rest of our community.

“After 40 years of limbo, we have a unique opportunity to revitalise the riverside and create a new heart right at the centre of our community. As a parent of two young children myself, I believe the transformation of Twickenham Riverside would make this precious space even more vibrant and family friendly – and create a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.”

Read Munira’s full letter here.

Photo of Munira courtesy of © Sophie Mutevelian