More than six years before Hammersmith Bridge could reopen to vehicles

It will be at least six and a half years until Hammersmith Bridge reopens to vehicular traffic, says the Hammersmith Bridge Task Force. A toll may be introduced to pay for it. It's not feasible to demolish the bridge and replace it with a modern one, and not good use of resources to build a temporary one. These are the headlines which came out of a public meeting organised by the Task Force on the

LB Hounslow to fund free school meals over half-term

PCNs issued to drivers on Turnham Green Terrace now tops 7,000

The number of penalty traffic notices issued to motorists for driving down Turnham Green Terrace since the road was closed has now reached 7281. That's a little over 100 a day since enforcement

Where to eat & drink outside in Chiswick

Image above: Pub goers queue up at The Lamb sticking to social distancing Since the introduction of the Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions, we can only see people from different households outside and only in groups of up to 6 people. Restaurants, pubs, cafés and other hospitality venues remain open under Tier 2. These venues must close by 10pm and provide table service. But wh

Overwhelming majority want changes to Fisher’s Lane and Turnham Green Terrace

Chiswick's Lib Dem councillors have carried out a survey among residents of Southfield ward, asking people what they think of the traffic changes to Fisher's Lane. They've found an overwhelming majority against the changes, which were introduced in July. But people don't want to go back to the status quo ante either. Most people surveyed would prefer Fisher's Lane to be one-way in one direction an

Chiswick Flower Market is back, 1 November

Image above: The first Chiswick Flower Market in September; photograph Gwen Shabka

Chiswick Flower Market to go ahead in November with support from LB Hounslow and Chiswick councillors

The organisers of the Chiswick Flower Market (of whom The Chiswick Calendar's editor is one) are delighted to say that the November market will go ahead as planned. As with the first one i

One woman crusade to save motorists from fines

Image: Thanks to Hamish Pringle A public spirited Chsiwick woman has made it her personal crusade to stop motorists from being fined as they drive down Turnham Green Terrace. For several days she has been walking up and down the Terrace with a banner trying to stop drivers from inadvertently being fined £130. New signs were installed at the entrances to Devonshire Rd and Turnha

Chancellor announces support for hospitality businesses

  Image above: Chancellor Rishi Sunak; photograph Sky News Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced financial support for hospitality businesses across all tiers of Covid-19 restrictions. The Chancellor outlined a financial support package which can be backdated to August. After the Tier system was introduced across the country, pubs and restaurants in Tier 2 found booking d

Ruth Cadbury MP writes to Policing Minister over catalytic converter thefts

Marathon boost for Hogarth Youth Centre

40% of Hounslow workforce now unemployed or on furlough

Covid-19 update

Seal found dead near Strand On The Green

Chiswick Park and Ravenscourt fireworks displays cancelled

Group of Bedford Park architects & planners organise Turnham Green Terrace workshop

Image above: Turnham Green Terrace A group of architects and planners who live in Bedford Park is organising a Zoom workshop to examine the traffic changes to Turnham Green Terrace on Friday 6 November. The road was closed to through traffic in July. Motorists are supposed to drive in only if they are intending to park in a disabled bay to use the shops and restaurants, to stop

Chiswick could be in the congestion zone

Restaurants and pubs hit by cancellations

Image above: Annie's restaurant, Strand on the Green Takings were down at many pubs and restaurants this weekend as London went up to Tier 2 Covid restrictions. It is no longer permitted to go to a pub or a restaurant and sit with friends. There can only be one household per table. People who had previously booked tables to eat out with friends, rang to cancel. Lorraine Angliss,

More Low Traffic Neighbourhoods planned for Chiswick

Images above: Planters being installed in Devonshire Rd; plastic barriers being replaced by traffic wands on Turnham Green Terrace The Cabinet Member for Transport at LB Hounslow, Hanif Khan, is due to give his report to Cabinet on Tuesday 20 October about the roll out of 'Street Space' schemes, or 'Low Traffic Neighbourhoods' which have caused such ructions in Chiswick. He'll b

Chiswick House wins second Green Flag Award

Headliners comedy club closed 

Headliners comedy club, which has been running in Chiswick for the best part of 20 years, has closed until further notice because of Covid restrictions. The popular club, which stages stand-up comedy in the Boston Room of George IV on Friday and Saturday nights, reopened in September after the summer break, with reduced seating to accommodate social distancing. But now that London has en

‘Critical’ that hospitality sector gets support says Fuller’s boss

Image above: General Manager of George IV, Ben Bullman and Fuller's CEO Simon Emeny at George IV CEO of Fuller's, Simon Emeny, says now that London has gone into Tier 2, it's critical that the hospitality industry gets government support by the end of the week or thousands of jobs could be lost. The Chiswick based executive has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak with four other CEOs

Lyric Hammersmith reopening in 2021 with new shows

London going into Tier 2

Image above: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan London is going into Tier 2 on Saturday 17 October, which means no mixing of households indoors. Speaking at London's City Hall, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said there was "simply no other option".

Covid case confirmed at St Mary’s RC Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Chiswick has had its first case of Covid-19 confirmed. Parents were informed by email just after 9.30pm on Wednesday 14 October. The school will remain closed until Monday while staff carry out a deep clean of the premises. Classes will get their homework posted on the school's website for Thursday and Friday. "The school has been preparing for this sinc

Stolen Landrover ends up in the river

Photograph - Jeremy Day A stolen Discovery Landrover is stuck in the mud by Chiswick Bridge. The Port of London Authority say it went into the river on Saturday night from a local slipway, probably from one of the rowing clubs. They suspect the thieves drove it along the mud at low tide and abandoned it once it got stuck. "Unfortunately any modern vehicle is usually a write off

Residents’ opposition to pub’s riverside nook takes away jobs

Three people who were expecting to return to work at the Bell and Crown on Strand on the Green this autumn will not now be employed because the pub isn't able to use the terrace facing the river. General Manager Fiona Sparkes and her husband Andrew Durn got planning permission in 2019 for a metal structure with a canvas awning, which they built on the back of the pub, allowing them to seat seve

London’s Covid rules stay the same for now

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday that the country is to be divided into three tiers to describe the level of threat from Covid-19: medium risk, high and very high. London currently is 'medium risk', meaning the rules governing what we can and cannot do remain the same for the time being. The number of cases has quadrupled in the last few weeks and there are now more cases in hos

Chiswick Playhouse misses out on government funding

Chiswick Playhouse has not been granted funding from the Culture Recovery Fund. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced a £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help cultural organisations face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. So far 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country have heard that they are to receive urgently needed support in the first round of grants

New traffic wands installed on Turnham Green Terrace

Chiswick’s traffic woes make national papers

Image above: Sunday Express article about Staveley Rd; Sunday Telegraph article about Chiswick's traffic measures, Sunday 11 October 2020 Chiswick has been described as being 'like Belfast in the Troubles' and Grove Park and Strand on the Green 'a ghetto' in the past week as political hyperbole has replaced intelligent debate over the traffic measures introduced by Hounslow and Eal