Park Rd Allotments development rejected by Hounslow planners

There were celebrations last night as LB Hounslow's planning committee voted overwhelmingly to reject plans to build 80 properties on the three acre site which is home to Park Road allotments in Isleworth. 'Save the Park Road Allotments' campaigners have been fighting a protracted battle to stop the Duke of Northumberland developing the site. The land has been used as allotments for over

‘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 Poland, Anna Clunes,

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 residents will be able to collect a free tree to plant in their own garden. To

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 current premises in Brentford until 2023. The company is separa

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 in 1818 and the steel and concrete structure of the historic bridge has been fully repaired, clean

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 started to speak to the boy at the bus stop, later sitting next to him on the upper deck of the bu

Sofas direct from manufacturers Saxon available to view in their new Chiswick saleroom

Image above: Sloane sofa by Saxon We have a new sofa shop in Chiswick, which opened a few weeks ago in premises at 492-496 Chiswick High Road (where Wickes used to be). Saxon Furniture create traditional sofas, handmade to order at their workshop in Bolton. This is the first salesroom they've opened away from the factory. The company, a family firm owned by Robert and Teresa Jol

Local Government Ombudsman criticises LB Hounslow for Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshire Rd closures

Image above: Workmen install barriers in Turnham Green Terrace in June 2020 A complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman against LB Hounslow has been upheld. ‘Mr F’ complained about the Council’s introduction of two experimental road traffic orders as part of its response to COVID-19 – the closure of Turnham Green Terrace and the closure of Devonshire Rd to through traf

Jeremy Vine receives death threats from anti-vaxxers

Images above: Man who delivered the 'anti-vaxx writ' to Jeremy Vine's house; Jeremy Vine A group of anti-Vaxxers turned up outside Jeremy Vine's house in Chiswick on Sunday to serve an 'anti-vaxx writ' on him because they were angry with the BBC's reporting of the Covid vaccines. The broadcaster was not in at the time, so as the group filled the street outside his house, one of the

From Aberdeen to Truro, FOI request finds the biggest group of drivers fined for driving into Grove Park from the A316 are from outside London

As the debate continues as to how best to restrict traffic which is driving through residential areas, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that by far the largest percentage of those people fined for turning off the A316 into Hartington Rd by Chiswick Bridge between June and September came from outside London. If you take that turning into Grove Park, you pass a large sign saying:

Chiswick based Mummy Wine Club is the Judges’ Choice

Image above: Mummy Wine Club owner Victoria Daskal with her runner up award from Decanter Retailer 
Mummy Wine Club, based in Chiswick, has been shortlisted in the Decanter Retailer Awards 2021 and awarded runner up for the Judges’ Choice award. Victoria Daskal set up her wine club initially as lunchtime wine tasting sessions for mothers with babies under the age of on

An itch that led to a successful business

Interview with Sarah Brown of Pai skincare

Sarah Brown developed a skin condition at the age of 24 which caused her acute discomfort and embarrassment. Having tried everything she could find to treat it without success, she set up her own business to develop skin care products, Pai, which now operates from an industrial estate in Acton, employing 63 people, with a turnover of £10 mil

Moves to roll back traffic restrictions further as Ombudsman criticises LB Hounslow

Images above: Signs along Hartingdon Rd and Grove Park Rd

LB Hounslow Cabinet reconsiders South Chiswick traffic restrictions

LB Hounslow's Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 19 October will discuss whether or not to change the traffic restrictions they introduced to Grove Park and Strand on the Green. The whole package of Lower Traffic Neighbourhood measures south of the A4 was re

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 raised concerns about the impact Holly

Three Gold awards for Chiswick House Gardens in London in Bloom

Image: Chiswick House Gardens; photograph Jennifer Griffiths Chiswick House Gardens has won three Gold awards in the London in Bloom competition. They won Gold for the overall excellence of the site, Gold for the presentation of the Walled Garden and Gold in the 'Our Community' category. Chiswick House and Gardens Trust also won awards for the volunteers - one for the Kitchen Ga

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 place. Decisions on the winners were be made

GSK Malaria vaccine approved for use across Africa

Image above: Baby being vaccinated in Malaria trial The anti-Malaria vaccine RTS,S, developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for use in a major vaccination programme for children across Africa. GSK is a major west London employer with its headquarters in Brentford and a presence all over the world. It has carried out vaccine pil

Social Run Group launched in Chiswick by running specialists Up & Running

Chiswick's specialist shop for runners, Up & Running, has launched a weekly social running group and is inviting runners to sign up. The run is held every Monday at 6.30 pm. Runners can sign up for free at Up & Running (242 Chiswick High Road) where they will receive a free t-shirt and a unique running card & bar code used to scan at the beginning and end of the five kilometre run.

October 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses Are We Having Fun Yet?, Crossroads and The Lonely Ones, which are all published in October.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Lucy Mangan writes columns for The Guardian, where she is a TV critic. Her debut novel, Are We Having Fun Yet? really feels like an acc

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 will be hosting four games in total. Thi

Original pizzas at Base Face Pizza, Hammersmith

Images above: Tim Thornton; Base Face pizzas Tim Thornton makes pizzas, but not maybe as you'd imagine them to be. The owner of Base Face pizzas in Hammersmith likes to make up his own toppings and rings the changes according to what's seasonal and available. Traditional Napolitan pizza it is not. Nor is Tim Italian. He grew up in Chiswick (Barrowgate Rd), lives round the corner

Fresh homemade pasta at Al Saggio

Fabio Settembre has worked in some of the best hotels and restaurants in London and Rome. Coming from Rome himself, he has also catered for the likes of Silvio Berlusconi at the Italian parliament - but not those parties, he tells The Chiswick Calendar. Fabio took over Al Saggio at 130 Chiswick High Rd in July, turning it from a coffee bar to a bistro, with hot food for breakfast, lunch and

Buy a butterfly or flower painted by a professional artist in Abundance London’s secret online auction 

Image above: Butterflies & Flowers artwork on the side of Chiswick Police Station The Butterflies and Flowers artwork was launched on Sunday 3 October at Chiswick Flower Market. The project, organised by Abundance London, has involved groups all round Chiswick painting 3,000 butterflies and flowers which have now taken over Chiswick Police Station. Those painted by professio

Abundance London launches Butterflies and Flowers artwork on Chiswick police station

Image above: Karen Liebreich and Steve Nutt launching Butterflies and Flowers; photograph Torin Douglas The thousands of butterflies and flowers which a variety of groups all over Chiswick have had fun painting and varnishing over the past few weeks have revealed their purpose. Surveyor Steve Nutt and theatrical rigger Rory Ferguson spent several days last week putting up a pano

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 available. Job vacancie

Scramble to get rid of old cars as Chiswick becomes part of ULEZ zone

By Beccy Bollard People who live in Chiswick who own older, more polluting cars will face fines of £12.50 a day for every day they drive their vehicle unless they take action now. Over the past few weeks, select Chiswick residents have received letters from Transport For London warning them that their car will likely be eligible to be charged when London’s Ultra Low E

Hounslow expecting a leap in unemployment as furlough ends

Image above: Workforce graphic by Elf-Moondance / Pixabay Hounslow Council is expecting a big leap in unemployment as the Government's furlough scheme comes to an end. The scheme, which w

‘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 shortages and supply chain issues. The statement reads: 'We a

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 and Dr P Vella, say the move is likel

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 half the people in a carriage not to be wearing masks.