Entries by Matt Smith

‘No further action’ after diplomatic row involving Rupa Huq MP

Images above: far-right media personality Rafal Ziemkiewicz, Rupa Huq MP The British Ambassador and the Polish Foreign Officer have concluded that ‘no further action will be taken’ following a diplomatic storm involving Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq and far-right Polish media personality, Rafal Ziemkiewicz. On 8 Friday 8 October, the UK Ambassador to […]

LB Hounslow to offer free potted trees to residents

Ahead of COP26, the UN climate summit taking place in November, Hounslow Council has announced it will be giving 500 free trees to residents to help them make the borough greener and combat climate change. As part of the Council’s commitment to plant a tree for each child born in the borough each year, Hounslow […]

GSK to move headquarters from Brentford to Weybridge

GSK is leaving its headquarters building in Brentford and moving out of London. The global pharmaceutical company, one of the five biggest employers in the borough of Hounslow, is set to move its commercial division to Weybridge in Surrey by the end of 2022, with their Research and Development and Vaccines Business remaining in the […]

Historic Brentford bridge restored with help from local community

The bridge over the river Brent in Brentford has had a facelift. Not just a lick of paint, but new artwork depicting its history. Since Roman times there’s been a crossing point over the River Brent at Brentford. In Roman times it was a ford – hence the name Brentford. The current bridge was built […]

Police hoping to identify man after Ealing sexual assault

Police have released an image of a man they want to identify following the sexual assault of a teenage boy on a bus in Ealing. The incident took place on the afternoon of Thursday, 12 August. The victim boarded a route 282 bus near the White Harte Roundabout in Northolt just after 4.00pm. A man […]

Tower block proposal at Chiswick roundabout increases in height

Plans to erect a tower block on Chiswick Roundabout have been submitted to Hounslow Council, with the new design adding three storeys to to the original proposals published earlier in 2021. The planning application from Starbones Ltd is for a 24-storey building called Holly House. The original design submitted was for 21-storeys. Residents have already […]

One Hounslow Community Awards winners

Two Chiswick women were among the winners of the One Hounslow Community Awards 2021, celebrating community service in the borough of Hounslow. The awards took place on Wednesday 6 October at Hounslow House, highlighting the work of residents, community groups and businesses who have done somthing positive to help others and make Hounslow a better […]

Applications open to volunteer at the UEFA women’s EURO 2022 tournament

LB Hounslow is offering longtime fans and curious newcomers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the face of potentially the biggest-ever Women’s EUROs next year, by becoming one of 2,000 lucky UEFA volunteers across the country who will welcome visitors to their city. The tournament will be taking place from 6-31 July 2022, and Brentford Stadium […]

Chiswick’s restaurants struggling with staff shortages

Images above: ‘Sorry we are temporarily closed’ sign on Pho door Chiswick’s restaurants are having to restrict the service they offer because of staff shortages, which are continuing to plague the UK’s hospitality sector. Restaurants have been forced to close entirely some days, restrict service to takeaway-only or amend menu items which would normally be […]

‘Dining Domes’ at Chiswick House cancelled

The ‘Dining Domes’ at Chiswick House & Gardens, which were set to be a large part of their autumn programme, have been cancelled at the last minute. Organisers Eventist Group apologised to bookers via an email from their Dining Domes Team, in which they blamed the ongoing challenges in the hospitality sector – including staff […]

Chiswick Family Practice moving to Acton

Chiswick Family Practice (not to be confused with Chiswick Family Doctors Practice at the medical centre on Fisher’s Lane),  is moving from its current location on Southfield Road to a newer, larger and purpose-built facility on the new Acton Gardens Development.  The doctor’s practice, which includes Dr V Bhatt, Dr J Szyszko, Dr E lister […]

TfL seeking to ramp up mask-wearing on its services

Transport for London is seeking to bolster its enforcement efforts on tubes and buses due to declining rates of mask-wearing, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan warning passengers face a “lottery” of catching Covid on London’s transport network. Anyone who’d used the Underground in recent weeks will know that it’s quite common for at least […]

Chiswick’s petrol stations run dry

Chiswick’s petrol stations have run dry, after a weekend of panic-buying. I visited three petrol stations in Chiswick, one in Mortlake and one in Brentford and only at the Brentford station was there any petrol left by mid afternoon on Monday 27 September. For several weeks now there have been reports of nationwide supply-chains being […]

Last officers moving out of Chiswick Police Station

The last police officers based at Chiswick Police Station are to move out by early October and the building itself has been put up for sale. The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime gave the final approval to sell the station in June 2021, with Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden providing the necessary authorisation. City Hall […]

Urgent appeal over missing west London teenager

Police have put out an urgent appeal for a 17-year-old missing from West London. Sang, from Hayes, was last seen on 10 September. He has been missing for 10 days so far. He is known to frequent the west London boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow so people in those areas are being asked to keep […]

Autumn at Chiswick House

Image above: Chiswick House lit up at night Following a busy summer season with the reopening of Chiswick House and the Kitchen Garden, Giffords Circus, Luna Cinema and Pub in the Park, Chiswick House & Gardens have an exciting Autumn programme planned. Chiswick House at Night Chiswick House will be opening its doors for the […]

Chiswick House Dog Show 2021, Sunday 26 September

Chiswick House Dog Show is back this year, having been cancelled like so many other things in 2020. The Show, now in its 16th year, will take place on Sunday 26 September, held as usual on the cricket pitch within the Gardens of Chiswick House. The Show is a great event. Thousands of people go […]

Hands on History: Mudlarking exhibition at Chiswick Pier Trust

Chiswick Pier Trust is putting on display some of London’s finest mudlarking collections. The ‘highly interactive’ two-day exhibition features the collections of 20 mudlarks and will take place on 25 & 26 September. The collections of 20 mudlarks will be on display, with 10 featured on the Saturday and the other 10 on the Sunday, […]

HGV driver shortages affect bin collections

Images above: birds feed on litter in the streets (19 September), litter remains uncollected (16 September) LB Hounslow is experiencing “minor disruptions” to waste and recycling collections due to the nationwide HGV driver shortage, they say. Residents have complained about missed collections as well as rubbish left in the streets near local businesses for over […]

LB Hounslow to decide on premises licence for new Room2 Hotel

A LB Hounslow licensing panel will soon decide whether to approve or reject an application for a premises license for the new Room2 Hotel on Windmill Road, Chiswick. Chiswick Apartment Hotels Ltd have applied for the provision of films, late night refreshment and the supply of alcohol between the hours of 8.00am to 11.30pm seven days […]

Murder investigation launched in Ealing after death of 5-year old girl

A murder investigation has been launched in Ealing after the death of a five-year-old girl. Police were called at 12.56pm on Tuesday, 14 September following concerns for the residents of an address on Leyborne Avenue, W13. Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. Despite their efforts, the girl was pronounced dead at the scene. Her […]

How will the vaccination rollout work for 12-15 year olds?

Children aged 12 to 15 in England are set to get their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, after ministers heeded advice from Britain’s Chief Medical Officers. The move has left many speculating how the rollout will work and whether parents will have the right to veto their child getting vaccinated if they disagree. The […]

Fisher’s Lane traffic restrictions set to be made permanent

Image above: Fisher’s Lane, taken from South Parade An independent report is to be presented to Ealing Council later this month which recommends making the traffic restrictions on Fisher’s Lane permanent. The Cabinet meeting at which the report will be considered is due to take place on Wednesday, 22 September. The meeting is also expected […]

RMT Union launches campaign against South Western Railway cuts

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has launched a campaign against what it describes as “swingeing cuts” on South Western Railway services. The union claims the cuts will unleash an attack on rail services, jobs and pay unseen since the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. South Western Railway and Network Rail […]

Refurbishment to start on Ravenscourt Park tea house

Refurbishment work is set to start to restore the Ravenscourt Park tea house in Hammersmith to its former glory. The centuries old, Grade ll-listed building will gain a new roof as well as modern and fully accessible public toilets as part of the top-to-bottom seven-month restoration and refurbishment. Work is set to start after Monday […]

Chiswick telecomms box painted gold ‘to celebrate ParalympicsGB’

A telecommunications box in Stand-on-the-Green has been painted gold to celebrate the achievements of ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The gesture follows a nationwide campaign by Virgin Media, who are partnered with ParalympicsGB, which encouraged the nation to cheer on Britain’s Paralympians as no fans, friends, family or loved ones could travel to […]

Chiswick TV personalities win big at National Television Awards

Chiswick’s TV personalities have triumphed at the 2021 National Television Awards, with wins across several categories throughout the night. Ant and Dec won best TV presenter – again. Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have won the best TV presenter trophy at every NTAs ceremony since 2001. Accepting their 20th award for Best TV Presenter, Donnelly, […]

Man found dead in Dukes Avenue garden

A man believed to be in his 70s has been found dead in a residential garden on Dukes Avenue in Chiswick. Police were called at 1.59 pm on Monday 6 September after a report of an elderly man found unresponsive. London Ambulance Service paramedics attended the scene and administered CPR before pronouncing the man dead […]

Firefighters tackle garage fire in Acton

Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to garages found alight on The Ridgeway in Acton on Tuesday 7 September. Four central garages were destroyed by fire. There were no reports of any injuries. The London Fire Brigade were called at 11.13 pm and the fire was under control by 12.42 am. Fire […]