Decision details

Refurbishment of the Rill in Memorial Gardens, Staines-upon-Thames

Decision Maker: Development Sub-Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee agreed to consider this item within the public section of the meeting as there was no exempt information contained within the report.


The report was from the Property Manager and Senior Building Manager and  sought a decision on the options outlined in the report for the defunct Rill footprint, Memorial Gardens. This item had been deferred from a meeting of the committee held on 22 August 2022 when committee members had requested further costings for each option and confirmation as to whether the Rill had been created to commemorate the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Further costings had been added to the report and it was advised that no evidence could be found linking the Rill to Diana, Princess of Wales.


The four options were considered by the Committee and concerns were raised about the planting of trees at either end of the Rill due to the roots potentially causing damage to the surrounding hard landscaping in the future. Concerns were also expressed about vandalism and queried whether the costings within the report took into account the potential need to replace shrubs if they were pulled up due to anti-social behaviour. The Property Manager advised that replacement of shrubs would be covered by the ongoing maintenance budget for Neighbourhood Services. The Committee requested that under Option 4 the reference to the planting of trees was removed and that if this option was agreed it would only be shrubs and lavender that would be planted.


The Committee voted on each option separately:


Option 1 – 0 votes

Option 2 – 1 vote

Option 3 – 0 votes

Option 4 – 6 votes



The Committee resolved to approve Option 4 as amended by the Committee:


‘Shrubs and lavender should be planted taking into consideration suitability for the location. Any new planting of shrubs would be in consultation with the Council’s Sustainability and Biodiversity Officers and any shrubs used would be low maintenance and at low cost. *The existing underground plant room would be decommissioned and filled in [*amended by Development Sub Committee at meeting on 31/10/22].

Report author: Asha Hunjan

Publication date: 17/10/2022

Date of decision: 17/10/2022

Decided at meeting: 17/10/2022 - Development Sub-Committee

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