Yesterday there was a fire at a house in Whitestile Road. A fire engine arrived but was unable to get to the house due to LTN blocking their way. Three members of the crew got out and walked up to the house on the other side of the barrier in Whitestile Road. Another fire engine then had to go along the A4, up Ealing Road and then into Whitstile Road, where they teamed up with the crew whose fire engine had been blocked from attending. Fortunately this incident wasn't more serious thanks to the quick thinking fire crew. But why oh why do we put them in predicaments like this?! I thought that the emergency services were able to move these barriers in cases of an emergency!
Debbie Paradin ● 14d16 Comments ● 5h
It has been confirmed (see Swyncombe Ave thread) that the introduction of double yellows in Windmill Road will mean the loss of up to 50 weekend and night-time parking spaces. This, in turn, will mean additional pressure on parking in adjoining roads such as Avenue Road and Enfield Road.It is already difficult to find a night-time space in these roads, especially now that we can no longer use the single yellows outside controlled hours - local residents will be aware of the reasons for this.Could anyone affected/concerned by this make their views known and request Hounslow to reconsider?
Alison Robins ● 3d7 Comments ● 6h
Has anyone else noticed how almost impossible it is to raise a question or issue with any Mayoral or GLA candidates?They don't seem to have any Q7A facilities other than those tailored for their own agenda.Needless to say they won't be drawn on a raft of Social or Transport issues for which GLA policies have an effect.The same sorts of issues that Local councils simply fob off on to TfL or the GLA.Turns out the elected people for the GLA - Like Euro MPs are only visible at certain times of a calendar cycle.Not good enough though. It should be easier to ask a question via email not just twitter or Facebook which rules out a heck of a lot of people.
Raymond Havelock ● 10h0 Comments ● 10h
See our local aristocrat has managed to make a bob or two out of the lifting of the severe pandemic restrictions. Pods have appeared on the lawn in front of Syon House, but before you get too excited this is the price list. On offer is afternoon tea and early and late dining. You get 90 minutes, early dining £300, late dining £350 plus 12.5% service charge, tea and coffee extra. Enjoy!
Vanessa Smith ● 10d8 Comments ● 23h
It is with a heavy heart that there possibility that they may be unable to reopen 6th Brentford Air Scout Group.A lot of work now needs doing to the hall and there has been no income since March 2020, like many, due to the pandemic.The building belongs to 6th Brentford on lease from the London Borough of Hounslow, and they would love to get their hands back on it to build flats, and if they don’t get the hall into a usable condition then this will inevitably happen.A gofundme site has been set up if you, or anyone you know of, or if you know of any companies who would donate, please get in touch with them on their behalf. They have made many grant applications but at this present time have only had rejections.https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-to-keep-brentfords-scouts-hut-open?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer
Helen Dickinson ● 8d3 Comments ● 2d
As a follow up to Vanessa Smith's previous post, please would anybody be able to shed any further light as to why at least some of our libraries are not offering a skeleton 'click and collect' service? I'm aware that many other areas have continued to provide some level of service, albeit within limited hours and carefully socially-distanced. If Hounslow council truly wanted to support residents' mental health and wellbeing this would go a long way in helping, offering solace and stimulus to many, particularly those who are wholly isolated during this time. It would also support children's literacy and education, which, like it or not, canot soley be supported online. To facilitate this only a small number of sites would need to be opened, with just a small foyer collection/drop off area open to the public on an individually booked basis. Should anyone with any influence happen to read this I would please urge them to do whatever they can to make this happen as soon as possible.
Alison Smith ● 57d3 Comments ● 3d
The death of Eric Dicker happened recently. He was associated with the 6th Brentford Air Scouts as a leader and probably helped many many generations of Brentford lads learn and have fun at the same time, and will be sadly missed. Personally l knew him for over forty years from when my son joined as a cub when Val Bright was in charge of cubs there along with Stan Bundy, the James family, their son Roger, loads of people Happy memories Bless you Eric
Jean Harrison ● 84d12 Comments ● 3d
So now it's political Football time with featured teams playing at swyncome Ave Stadium of enlightenment.If the statement released is not an April 1st wheeze then it's a shame it would be a winner!But it is incredulous that its flawed in basic detailSwyncombe Ave is a wide straight road. Built with strengthened Sewers for heavier traffic to allow for those lanes and older roads that do not. Windmill Road and Northfields Ave being examples nearby.Swyncome does not have a CPZ. Why/ Because it cannot be profited from.Almost every property has garaging and off street parking. It is stuffed up with Traffic at times because Windmill Road, Northfields Ave and South Ealing Road cannot cope with the increase in HGVs and general local traffic.At other times it's much the same as it's always been.Swyncombe Ave residents will also be stuck in the ensuing chaos just to reach their personal checkpoint charlie.No one will gain.South Ealing Road has been a no go zone for local traffic for nearly 24 months. and badly for the last 12.Lower Boston Road is now chaotic for most of the day even weekends and during the lockdown at it's peak.The fallout goes a long way. Swyncombe ave is a wide straight link road with ample off street parking. Windmill Road, Boston Manor road and all the other local roads cannot claim that luxury.This is messing about with a scheme that is completely flawed in every aspect.The losers in this are all those who rely on transportation to make a living, help others and balance time with work.Not everyone works in an environment where it's easy to rock up stinking of sweat and have a macbook and a perch as a workplace.
Raymond Havelock ● 11d7 Comments ● 3d
Vintage? Makes me feel rather old , missed out on this event but looks so splendid. Travelling about London on those older buses was such fun and so much more comfortable than now. Even without proper heating and air con . Just the noise was cool.
Raymond Havelock ● 4d2 Comments ● 3d
We are delighted to see that the Sports Hub is now open. The Bowls Club wishes every success for this enterprise.For the Bowls Club, the photograph in the article is particularly poignant in that it features the bowls pavilion and bowls green. The statements from officers of LB Hounslow and LB Ealing talk of delivering "important community, sports and leisure facilities for residents in the local area" and a vision for Gunnersbury Park "where local people can enjoy sport, beautiful green spaces and a rich local history long into the future.."Meanwhile, bowling in Gunnersbury Park is facing extinction after a history of 90 years. The Community Interest Company is bent on ensuring this fate through a policy of intentional neglect.Members and supporters of the Bowls Club have repeatedly been refused access to the site to carry out extremely urgent maintenance to the green. We learned yesterday that an expert and fully accredited third party has also been refused access by the CIC. This party had very kindly offered to carry out maintenance on behalf of the Bowls Club.The planning application from Putt in the Park has yet to be determined by Hounslow Planning Committee. We believe that by the time this decision is made, whether it is to refuse or to permit, the bowls green will be beyond repair.You may, as does the Bowls Club, wonder how it has been possible to arrive at this situation in what is, after all, a public park which was conceived to be for the benefit of the entire community.
Jim Storrar ● 4d0 Comments ● 4d
I'm upset to see that the Council is hard-pruning the beautiful trees along the north end of Ealing Road today, at the beginning of Spring, just as the leaves are starting to show. I asked one of the workmen why such a hard prune now and, rather aggressively, he told me to ask the Council and said what did I know about trees. I said I knew they shouldn't generally be hard pruned in the Spring, as the sap is rising, birds need their nesting spaces (including twigs and leaves to make those nests), insects start to appear and the tree starts to recover from winter. He dismissed my comments and asked if I was an expert. I was rather taken aback by his aggression but suppose he gets asked the questions regularly.I've emailed the Council and our Councillor for the policy on such hard pruning in Spring. It's just so depressing to see it being done now. These trees won't recover this year. It will be 2 years before the branches have regrown to a good length to provide the kind of support our wildlife needs.
Cathy Jones ● 11d10 Comments ● 4d
While I'm pleased that the sports hub at Gunnersbury Park is finally going to open has anyone considered the impact on access to the car park. If there are ten pitches, a large gym and a number of other outdoor facilities then there is going to be a large increase in the number of people turning up particularly at the weekend.The access to the park is essentially one way and generally good will between drivers avoids it getting blocked but if there is a stand off the road could get blocked. The plan is to start charging for the car park and people exiting will be anxious to get out in time to avoid a hefty fine. People entering the car park might not understand this and therefore there is scope for conflict. As far as I can tell this looks set to get very messy.
Mark Evans ● 5d1 Comments ● 4d
Maybe if all the brentfordtw8 users chip in we can buy this and start our own rival boston manor park with as many trees as we like:https://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-78902793.htmlNeed to hurry though, auction is tomorrow!Just kidding - though what on earth could one do with this land?
Trevor Lockie ● 7d3 Comments ● 6d
I have a very old gas cooker which needs replacing can anyone recommend an experienced gas fitter who could come and fit a new one, please let me know, thanks
Barbara Dudley ● 8d2 Comments ● 6d
Is anybody planning to sit through the virtual planning meeting this evening? I have been told I have to do a Zoom call with relations overseas!
Jeremy Parkinson ● 11d9 Comments ● 6d
For sale. Not surprising. It would make a decent restaurant, but I bet it’ll end up as about 75 tiny wee shoebox flats.
Mark Gormley ● 9d1 Comments ● 9d
From last week's councillor's blog.'The meeting about Boston Manor Park was lively, much as I expected. As a non-expert, I figure that if our own council parks people, Heritage Lottery, Historic England, landscape architects, professional ecologists come up with a plan after a lot of consultation, it won’t be far wrong but this is not always how people see it. I’ve worked quite hard over the years to try and improve engagement between the bevy of experts and local people who often have a different perspective and deserve to be heard.It’s apparent that there’s a disconnect in BMP, but I’m hoping the increased public engagement (and reacting to public views where appropriate) plus the park looking better as spring growth revives it, will help bring about a meeting of minds. Of course, not everyone will be satisfied, but I’m getting a few quiet appreciations of the changes amongst many protests.'Then read the article on this week's front page from Chris Longhurst re the future of Boston Manor Park.There appears to be a bit more than a 'disconnect' where this issue is concerned, and I fear Hounslow have a lot to learn and have given up listening or even caring what park users, residents and the stalwarts of the Friends group think.At the same time as this appalling state of affairs rumbles on, Hounslow are pushing the idea of 'Environmental Champions', we are told that they want people to get involved with various ideas in their communities to improve the environment - such as litter picks and wildflower meadows and tree planting, all laudable aims. However, there exists a network of volunteer groups already doing these things - a lot of them are local Friends groups, so the question is why not work with what you have and bring these ideas together? Why keep re-inventing the wheel. Of course any criticism brings forth accusations of 'dissing' the council or 'holding a grudge'. To say a number of people are fed-up with this attitude that does not allow for any independence of thought and has to be run by Hounslow, who of course have a shortage of staff which means many people spending hours trying to contact the living via e-mail, this is exacerbated by Covid - which is now the 'go to' excuse for all and sundry.Whether Hounslow want to admit it or not - they have dropped a real clanger where Boston Manor is concerned, and there are many of us who are absolutely fed-up to the back teeth with this heavy handed way of doing things. 'Disconnect'? that's putting it mildly.
Vanessa Smith ● 11d2 Comments ● 11d
EcoWorld are running 3 online consultations about their new proposals for Griffin Park. Essentially this means fewer houses and more flats. See www.GriffinParkDevelopment.co.uk for more details (the EcoWorld PR leaflet says it is now live but at the time of typing this note, it is not). The consultation ends on 31 March and they will then, I assume, make a revised application to the Council to approve their plans. online meetings are on Zoom:Tuesday 16 March at 6.30pmThursday 18 March at 6.30pm (for BFC supporters)Tuesday 23 March at 2pm. Email GriffinPark@connectpa.co.uk to reserve a place.The existing planning permission for the redevelopment of Griffin Park focuses on houses, rather than lots of flats. Considering that the Ground is surrounded on 3 sides by low-rise mainly Victorian terraces, plus a mixture of flats and houses on a 4th side (Brook Road South), this makes sense. In the new proposal under consultation, the houses around the central square are now to be removed and replaced with buildings containing 5-storeys of flats.Do take a look and register for one of the online presentations if you can.
Cathy Jones ● 38d14 Comments ● 11d