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Letter: The New Master Plan Should Facilitate the Opening Up of the Riverside

Published on: 6 Mar, 2022
Updated on: 6 Mar, 2022

From: David Ogilvie

Architect

I am an ardent advocate of opening up the riverside as evidenced by the attached plan for a linear park along the River Wey from the Viaduct to the town centre submitted to GBC in 2013. Despite the GBC’s long term ambition to open up the riverside, no effort was made to safeguard this route before all the recent rash of tall blocks of flats were built along Walnut Tree Close.

The new town centre master plan should safeguard this linear park now so that it can be developed at the next development iteration. A bridge across the river from the towpath to Dapdune Wharf would be valuable especially if it linked to a route from the University as Illustrated in the drawing.

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The riverside park from Ladymead Bridge to the railway viaduct already exists and it shows how the linear park could look with a path wide enough for bicycles and pedestrians in two directions in separated lanes. It could thus function as a major green route into Guildford.

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test 2 Responses to Letter: The New Master Plan Should Facilitate the Opening Up of the Riverside

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    March 7, 2022 at 8:21 am

    This letter does not tell the whole story. The opening up of the riverside is from the Tumbling Bay Weir, in the town centre, to Bowers Lock, in Burpham, which could damage the Wey Navigation, a heritage asset.

    Beware of what you wish for, it could destroy what you already have.

  2. H Trevor Jones Reply

    March 7, 2022 at 8:56 am

    That’s a good idea.

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