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Rowing club to develop facilities in Chiswick

Tue 28 April 2020, 5:43 pm

A historic London rowing club has struck a deal with Hounslow Council to keep the Chiswick Boat House as its headquarters as part of big plans for the future.

The Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club, which counts Sir Steve Redgrave, James Cracknell and Martin Cross among its alumni, has agreed a new lease for the boathouse which will become a facility for use by Hounslow residents. 

The local authority has plans to make Dukes Meadow, next to Barnes Bridge where the boathouse is situated, into a major sporting hub with particular investment in football, hockey and rugby.

Following negotiations, the council has agreed a new lease with the 123-year-old rowing club which will include renovation of the boathouse as part of the Dukes Meadow plans. 

Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow Council leader, said he was "delighted" to have reached an agreement with the club. He added: "We’ve been involved in some challenging discussions over the last two years but both the council and TTRC have always had the interest of promoting rowing as a sport and its wider social inclusion benefits for the residents of Hounslow, particularly young people.”

He added that the council’s plans, which will include a walkway under Barnes Bridge, has cross-party support as well as local backing. 

Paul Arnold, TTRC captain, said: "Thames Tradesmen's is one of the oldest and most successful rowing clubs on the Tideway. It has been around for 123 years and we want it to be around for another 123 years.

"Our ambition is to work with Hounslow Council to introduce the local community of all ages and backgrounds to the camaraderie, discipline and health benefits of this wonderful sport.” 

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