We are looking at innovative ways to fund our bridge. So we are accepting donations using Bitcoin.
Lets face it Bitcoin does not always have a good reputation – lots of people associate with money laundering etc. So here is an opportunity to create a good news story for Bitcoin. You might say it will help bridge Fiction’s credibility gap! (Sorry!)
More information is available on other pages on our website. In short we are looking to create a new bridge across the Thames linking the historic town of Brentford with Kew (adjacent to the World Heritage Site at Kew Gardens). Thus creating a new open space with associated health, transport environmental – and business benefits.
If you would like to use Bitcoin to support the Brentford Gate Footbridge then please use the following wallet address: –
We held a very successful Drop In event yesterday. Thanks to Brentford Chamber of Commerce / Holiday Inn for hosting.
A copy of the handout we prepare is available here : –
BRENTFORD GATE BRIDGE Handout web version
Note we have had to remove a couple of photos to get it to fit on the site. However they appear on the posters we used – copies of which are available here: –
We gave a short presentation to the Hounslow Cycling Campaign at one of its regular meetings.
The group was supportive of the idea of a bridge.
They were invited to help with the design to see what might make it better for cyclists. One comment was that they would like a non slip surface for cycling as wood can be slippy in the wet.
Grimshaw’s are helping Kew Gardens with development of their Master Plan for the next few years.
This was a very useful meeting where we exchanged updates on progress.
Kew timetable for approval of this includes a meeting with its Advisory Stakeholders next week, then its with the Executive Board in mid April and then the Board and Kew Leadership foundation to follow.
Hounslow And Brentford Chambers of Commerce held a Regeneration Summit in Brentford. This included session on the various developments in Brentford and Hounslow.
We presented our case for the bridge – which was well received by those present and we received many offers of help and support.
Spacehive was very positive about our bridge and confident we should be able to raise £150k we are looking for. This needed to fund the necessary assessments and options appraisals and to submit planning application. It will also help fund a body to take forward further work on the bridge.
They explained that a Mayor for London fund will be available and could fund the project up to a value of £50k. We will await the opening of this fund so that our bid comes as close as possible to meeting the criteria for funding from this.
It was proposed – and subsequently agreed – that we should carry out a public meeting / consultation to publicise the bridge and seek support for it.
These factors mean that the launch of the crowdfunding is now scheduled for June 2017.
We also reviewed our proposed bid and who we might target to help with funding.
A short presentation made to the BCC, explaining our plans for the bridge. Genrally the meeting was very supportive. Most like the idea of a bridge of of supplying a new facility for Brentford residents.
One concern expressed was that the Bridge may encourage those visiting Kew Gardens to try to park their cars in Brentford. However as parking is limited they are likely to be quickly discouraged!