A campaign to bring the royal barge Gloriana 'back home' to Brentford has been launched.
The boat, which led the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, was built in Brentford and launched in Isleworth.
Proposals to give the vessel a permanent mooring at the historic boathouse in Orleans Park were unveiled last month by Richmond Council, in conjunction with Lord Sterling, who commissioned and paid for the boat.
But those plans have so far met with a lukewarm response at best from residents there, who have raised concerns about new buildings damaging the site and hordes of tourists spoiling the area's character.
Brentford Chamber of Commerce is now attempting to seize on that antipathy by launching its own campaign to bring the barge back to its 'spiritual home' in Brentford.
It has suggested an alternative mooring at Brentford Lock, by Holiday Inn, or failing that, Lot's Ait, the island between Brentford and Kew Gardens, as mooted on local forums.
Chamber president Suzie Betlem said a mooring at Brentford Lock would help lure tourists to the area, just off Brentford High Street, especially on market days.
"I can't believe they didn't suggest putting it in Brentford in the first place. It was built here and launched just the other side of Syon Park, so this is its spiritual home," she added.
The Gloriana was contructed in secret in a warehouse at the West Cross Centre, in Amalgamated Drive, Brentford, by master boat builder Mark Edwards MBE.
As well as Brentford Lock and Lot's Ait, some people have suggested a dry dock for the Gloriana in Syon Park, though Ms Betlem said she was not so keen on the idea of removing the boat from the water.
The chamber formally agreed last Friday (July 11) to campaign to bring the Gloriana to Brentford. It now plans to talk to Hounslow Council and the Canal and River Trust as it attempts to build momentum.
Richmond Council leader Nick True has said the Gloriana is 'not available' and even if it is rejected by the people of Twickenham, Brentford would face competition from other areas keen to give it a permanent home.