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

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:

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

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

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.

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 disrupted. Nando's in Chiswick was one of those food outlets

Man confesses to Chiswick Police an unsolved murder from 37 years ago

Image above: Anthony Kemp; photograph Metropolitan Police Anthony Kemp, 58, admitted to Chiswick Police that he had bludgeoned a man to death with an ashtray 37 years previously. He pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey on Friday. Kemp turned up at Chiswick Police Station on 28 July last year in the middle of the night and finding it closed but seeeing a light on inside, th

South Chiswick LTN schemes sent back to Hounslow Council Cabinet to be reconsidered

Image above: Protestors going to the LB Hounslow Oversight and Scrutiny sub-committee on traffic restrictions in south Chiswick A meeting of Hounslow Council's Overview and Scrutiny sub-committee has decided that the Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes (LTNs) introduced in Grove Park and Strand on the Green over the past 18 months should be sent back to Cabinet to be reconsidered.

LB Hounslow grants premises licence for new Room2 Hotel

LB Hounslow have issued a premises licence for the new Room2 Hotel on Windmill Road, Chiswick. A Licensing Panel, held on Wednesday 22 September, reached its verdict following consultation with representatives from Lamington Group, which own the Room2 chain. Chiswick Apartment Hotels Ltd applied for the provision of films, late night refreshment and the supply of alcohol between the hours of

Fisher’s Lane traffic restrictions to be made permanent

A meeting of Ealing Council on Wednesday evening (22 September) has ratified a recommendation to make the traffic restrictions on Fisher's Lane Permanent. The meeting also confirmed the scrapping of six Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) in the borough. The report presented to the Council argued that making the restrictions permanent benefits both cyclists and pedestrians in the area and that th

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 believes the sale of Chiswick Police Station, combined with sales of 1

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 an eye out for him. The police have released a picture of Sang in the hopes that someone may hav

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 a week. The c