Entries by Matt Smith

Hounslow Council dismisses “irresponsible” local lockdown reports

Hounslow Council has dismissed reports of an imminent local coronavirus lockdown as “irresponsible”. A local lockdown was reported as being just days away this morning, with several newspapers reporting a list of 36 “at-risk” areas, which included LB Hounslow as well as neighbouring boroughs Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Harrow. Sky News reported this morning […]

Lyric theatre’s ‘Letters from lockdown’

The Lyric theatre, Hammersmith, together with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, has launched a new play-writing project for the children of key workers who are attending school during the lockdown. Working with Lyric Artistic Associate and award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens, they hope the project ‘will ensure continued creative enrichment’ for vulnerable children across Hammersmith & Fulham. […]

Explosion in demand for kittens

There has been a surge in demand for the adoption of kittens in LB Hounslow, with at least one adoption centre not able to keep up with the demand. “I have a huge huge list of potential adopters, and a lot of them just want kittens, which we haven’t got.” Carol Atkinson, Trustee and Treasurer […]

‘School Streets’ – Parents views

Image above: Cllr Hanif Khan, left, Cabinet Member for Transport at LB Hounslow  Introducing School Streets to Chiswick LB Hounslow is introducing ‘School Streets’ in Chiswick, to try and break people of the habit of taking their children to school and picking them up by car. At selected schools, drivers will not have access to streets […]

Classic car show planned for charity

Several owners of classical cars are planning a mini car show next month in order to raise money for Hounslow Foodbox, a local food charity. The event, which is the first of its kind, will take place on Sunday 5 July on Homefield Road, starting at 11.00am, finishing at 1.00pm. It will showcase a selection […]

Traffic changes – What the Traders think in Devonshire Rd

The traffic restrictions recently implemented on Devonshire Road by LB Hounslow have provoked some strong reactions from traders since they were announced. We spoke to them when the plans were first mooted and went back to see how they felt a week on, (Monday 22 June) now the signs have gone up (Friday 19 June) […]

Sales of ‘beautiful book’ vital in supporting Gunnersbury estate

Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum have been encouraging park-goers to buy a ‘beautiful book’ about the estate’s history. Using three decades of research, Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum have collaborated with Scala, a specialist publisher for museums and art galleries, to make the book a reality. Described as “The story of the place […]

Artists (Staying) At Home

The annual invitation into the homes of some of west London’s best loved artists has become a virtual invitation this year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Since 1973, artists based in Chiswick, Shepherd’s Bush & Hammersmith have been inviting members of the public into their homes to view (or buy) their jewellery, paintings, sculptures, […]

Rescued cat’s family completely unaware of rescue

The family of a lucky cat recently saved from the Thames river have said that were completely unaware of the incident until seeing it online several days after the event. The black cat, Merlin, was rescued by Chiswick Lifeboat on Tuesday 9 June from the rising tide, whilst a concerned crowd looked on. Reported by […]

Councillors say traffic plans make south Chiswick ‘unliveable’

The three councillors for Chiswick Riverside ward have said that new traffic proposals for the area south of the A4 are transforming south Chiswick into “an unliveable neighbourhood”. In an open letter to Councillor Hanif Khan on Tuesday 16 June, the LB Hounslow Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport, Mike Denniss, Gabriella Giles and Sam […]