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Labour candidate: Gloriana debacle shows it is time for a fresh start


Labour's candidate for Twickenham Nick Grant has welcomed the council's decision to abandon plans to build a boathouse for the Gloriana on the riverside in a letter to the Richmond and Twickenham Times.

Dear Sir,

I was glad to hear of the council’s decision to abandon plans to build the Gloriana boathouse on the riverside and proud to have played a small part in the fantastic residents’ campaign that defeated the proposal. I have been clear from the very beginning that the site was wrong and that other, better options for its location must exist. Options that might for example create a job or two or actually allow visitors to, well, visit.

As for the criticism that Lord True and others levelled at myself and other campaigners in those early days, that resistance was rushed judgement, I can only say this - sometimes judgements need to be made swiftly and decisively, sometimes that is the right thing to do.

All those who claim to want to represent the people of Twickenham and yet dithered or hid over the last few months, waiting for the political wind to change direction, should now seriously consider whether they truly have the appetite for the much bigger decisions, the much greater challenges, that the future will undoubtedly bring.

Time perhaps for a fresh start.


Nick Grant

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Twickenham





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