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Mission Statement

The West London River Group (originally called the West London River Thames Co-ordinating Group) was formed in 1996 on the initiative of the Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group and the Hammersmith Society.

The Group’s purpose is to provide a forum where its members can develop and pursue common objectives in relation to all matters to do with development, planning, use and conservation which are relevant to the River Thames, its natural landscape and its environment in west London.

The Group will seek to ensure that policies, strategies and guidance, are thoroughly researched, derived from public opinion, submitted to wide public consultation, and in line with internationally agreed principles and practice. To see our wish list for river development, click here.

The Group will continue to campaign for the implementation of the policies and projects set out in the strategy.

Our Officers

Michael Glazebrook (Chair): Lived in Kew over 20 years. Retired Chartered Accountant and Investment Banker. Chairman of the Kew Society since 2006. Committee member of the Richmond Heathrow Campaign, Co-Chair of Greener upon Thames, a campaign against plastic bags, Chairman of Kew Midsummer Fete.

Peter Makower (WLRG observer on the Thames Strategy, Kew to Chelsea Steering Committee, pro tem Honorary planning advisor): Member of WLRG since 1996. Member of the Grove Park Group, member of the Strand on the Green Association, and the River Thames Society, member of the RNLI Chiswick Group. Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, on the ‘Retired List’. Lived in Chiswick for the last eleven years.

John Ormsby (Membership co-ordinator): Lived in Chiswick since 1967 and at Strand on the Green since 1993. Retired Chartered Engineer and Company Director. Justice of the Peace since 2001. Volunteer crew-member and Trustee of River Thames Boat Project from 1998 to 2008. Member of Strand on the Green Association since 1994, and Hon. Sec./Chairman until 2006.

Nick Hanbury-Williams (Treasurer): Nick has lived with his wife and family in the Grove Park area of Chiswick since 1990. Since then we/they have thoroughly enjoyed the river and its riparian amenities. Now retired from the city, he is keen to put something back into the local community by seeking to preserve the particular pleasures of riverside dwelling.