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New test site in Isleworth for people without symptoms

Image above: Isleworth Library; Google Streetview A new site went live on Tuesday 19 January for asymptomatic testing at Isleworth Library, Twickenham Rd, Isleworth TW7 7EU, which may be the nearest one for some people living in south Chiswick. Another, at the Wellington Day Centre 292 Staines Rd, Hounslow TW4 5BA went live on Monday […]

Bollo Lane ‘monster tower’ approved

Ealing Council’s Planning Committee have approved an application by developers to build ten towers, including one which is 25-storeys high, in South Acton. The development will provide 852 new homes. The ‘monster tower’ development on Bollo Lane was approved by ten votes to three, despite more than 600 residents objecting. The 25 storey block will […]

LB Hounslow has the highest Covid infection rate in London

LB Hounslow now has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in London, with 914 people per 100,000 having the virus. More than 100 residents have died of the disease this month. In a joint statement on the escalating situation in the borough, Council Leader Steve Curran and the Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill said: “Though […]

Acton fire prompts firefighters’ advice about incense and candles

Image above: incense stick Firefighters have issued advice on using incense and candles safely after a fire at a house converted into flats on Burlington Gardens in Acton. Part of a five-roomed flat on the second floor of the building was damaged by a fire apparently caused by unattended burning incense sticks. The Fire Brigade’s […]

Four men charged after cash and cocaine seizures in Chiswick

Four suspected members of an Albanian organised crime group have been charged with money laundering and drug offences after £340,000 in cash £400,000 worth of cocaine was seized. Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership, a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service unit, arrested the men on Wednesday (13 January) at addresses across London […]

Chiswick post “chaos” as Royal Mail struggles with Covid-19

Some Chiswick residents are facing long waits for their post, as Royal Mail battles with “challenging circumstances” brought on by Covid-19. The postal service have said some areas of the UK will see a reduced service, due to workers being off sick or self-isolating. Local residents are complaining of a huge backlog of post which is […]

Train services to be reduced to 72% of pre-pandemic levels

Above: Photograph by Marianne Mahaffey  Train services across the country, including those which service Chiswick, will be reduced by up to 72% of pre-pandemic levels. The changes will come in place gradually over the next few weeks and passengers will be asked to check before they travel whether their regular service is running. The rail […]

Jeremy Vine and his penny-farthing bicycle

The sight of journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Vine on a penny farthing has become quite normal in Chiswick. Chiswickians are far too cool to stare at someone just because they’re on TV, but the vision of a tall figure going past on a Victorian contraption does make people do a double take, and laugh and […]

Chiswick School starts COVID testing programme

Chiswick School starts testing programme Staff at Chiswick School have this week started administering coronavirus testing to its staff and students. Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson announced on 15 December that secondary schools would be required to provide mass testing for students from the beginning of the Spring term. They’re using the Lateral Flow Tests, the so-called […]

Tributes for Cllr Poonam Dhillon

The Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Steve Curran has led tributes to Cllr Poonam Dhillon, who died recently following a short illness. “It is with great sadness that we learnt at the weekend of the sudden death of Councillor Poonam Dhillon after a short illness. This has been a tremendous shock to Cllr Dhillon’s family, […]

Nursery staff and parents worried about safety of nurseries

Parents of children who attend nurseries, as well as members of staff, face a “worrying time” according to the head of the National Day Nurseries Association. On Monday (4 January), the Prime Minister announced the closure of all primary and secondary schools, with the exception of children considered vulnerable and those of key workers, as […]

Rapid COVID-19 tests available in Hounslow

LB Hounslow are now offering rapid, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to help reduce the spread of the virus in the borough. Hounslow currently has a very high rate of infection. Data published on Wednesday 6 January shows that 49 people died of COVID-19 in LB Hounslow in December. That’s almost twice the number who died in […]

‘Christmas at Kew’ events cancelled

Image above: Christmas at Kew THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED AT 10.00AM ON FRIDAY 8 JANUARY Kew Garden’s Christmas trail has been cancelled for the remainder of January, due to the national lockdown. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew have said that all ticket holders have been contacted. Christmas at Kew recommenced for just a […]

Sadiq Khan tells ministers to “get a grip” on foreign arrivals

The Mayor of London said Ministers needed to “get a grip” on foreign nationals arriving in the UK, in order to stop the spread of Covid-19. Sadiq Khan said it is too easy for travellers to enter the capital, and has demanded stricter quarantine measures and more rigorous testing regimes from the Government. He said […]

Watermans arts centre ‘saved’ by community support

Watermans in Brentford has surpassed their fundraising target, pulling the struggling arts centre back from the financial brink. Watermans suffered a body blow to their finances due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite securing a lifeline grant from Arts Council England and opening as soon as it safely could after the last lockdown, there was no […]

Brentford: ‘The shape I’m in’ photography exhibition

Image above: One of the photographs in the exhibition, by Jacinta Cook A group of amateur photographers who are based in Brentford have put their photography exhibition online, having had their work on show to an empty room for most of the year. The ‘Better Pictures’ group meet once a week and take pictures all […]

Christmas Jumper Hunt

A Christmas jumper hunt is to take place between 19 – 29 December in Bedford Park. Jumper hunters must spot over 45 Christmas jumpers which are hidden around the roads of Bedford Park. The winner gets a £20 voucher for Snap Dragon toy shop on Turnham Green Terrace. Maps cost £3 and are available to […]