A young woman on the BBC this morning when they were discussing L.B. Ealing putting in more of these 'low traffic neighbourhoods' - made the point - that when she got a taxi home, the driver was unable to drop her off outside her house due to the restrictions, leaving her to walk through an empty street. LTNs must be pretty daunting for people walking down them after dark? Similarly pedestrianised high streets. Where there is no through traffic or buses there is little activity. It's all very well the LTN zealots banging on and on about the supposed virtues of these schemes but the drawbacks that have so recently been highlighted seem to be being overlooked. If women's safety is compromised on main roads, fairly well lit and peopled, what will be the consequences of LTNs?
Vanessa Smith ● 33d21 Comments ● 13d
Thanks once again to the volunteers who planted the daffodils in St Paul's Park a few years back. They really looked lovely this year, as in others.Does anybody have a date for the grand opening of the drinking fountain? How wonderful to have that working again.
Anne England ● 15d4 Comments ● 14d
Great to visit the market again this morning and bought a lovely piece of beef for our lunchHad an excellent coffee as well from the Viaduct
Paul Fisher ● 36d7 Comments ● 16d
It's just one banana peel so it is surprising that just by putting this one item in your food waste caddy so much electricity could be made.Now is quite a good time to reassess many things and if the kids are around as well then they can help and learn something - or teach you! It costs a lot more to finally dispose of anything in the waste which IS recyclable in our kerbside collections but which we have failed to put in the recycling. Those canny Scots have it sussed:https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1765161/find-out-how-one-banana-peel-can-charge-your-mobile-phone-twice/It is much easier to have a go at food recycling in the cooler months. You will soon see what you could have bought and used and stored differently.www.lovefoodhatewaste.com has lots of help for portion sizes, store cupboard items, storage tips and leftover recipes.
Philippa Bond ● 69d9 Comments ● 17d
Has anyone else noticed that recently it has not been the usual Lampton 360 crews collecting the contents of our blue boxes. A smallish truck came along my road at 7.20 this morning - identification on the vehicle was shb.co.uk. I wonder if they are acting on behalf of Lampton 360. I just hope that our paper and cardboard is being recycled and not going to landfill. Usual Lampton crews arrived later for the glass, plastic and cans.
Joan Adamson ● 40d15 Comments ● 17d
The campaign to "Save Our Trees" (and much else!) in Boston Manor Park has a new Facebook group. Please join and share to get details on our *kick-off meeting next Weds 7th April at 7pm*.https://www.facebook.com/groups/bmpsaveourtrees"Are you concerned about the future of Boston Manor Park? The Lottery-funded changes to the park are resulting in a loss of trees & habitats and changes to amenities like the cafe and sports facilities. But it's not too late to make your voice heard... join us and make a difference to the park you love."
Jim Conroy ● 18d0 Comments ● 18d
As per the headline. The programme is called "Push Up Brentford"and is on Together TV which is channel 87 on Freeview.The listing states "After 116 years at their much loved Griffin Park Brentford FC moved to a new stadium. This filmlooks back at this history with views from fans, to the players.It was on last week, same channel same time but I only caught the end of it, by accident. It may be on again next week as well.michael adams ...
Michael Adams ● 18d1 Comments ● 18d
I was keen to read what Guy Lambert had to say about the meeting regarding the bowls club. Unfortunately, his blog of the 18 March came up again, rather than the one for this week. Is it possible to issue a corrected newsletter, please?
bela cunha ● 24d0 Comments ● 24d
Here we go again, another so called consultation. This time to stop flooding in Windmill Road. So first you create a problem by allowing lots of new development knowing full well that the Victorian drain system cant cope but rather than dig that up and replace it our council propose taking away parking spaces, laying permeable paving and, wait for it, rain gardens and tree pits, whatever they are.So my question is why not just replace the drains ?
Robert Ayres ● 26d3 Comments ● 24d
The members of the Bowls Club campaign have read, with great horror, about the recent graffiti at Gunnersbury Park. We condemn, without reservation, this utterly intolerable action. We had no prior knowledge of, nor took any part in, these despicable actions. These events will do nothing but harm to our desire to see a bright future for bowls at Gunnersbury Park.We have our differences with the CIC but we will always seek a resolution through civilised discussion and debate, and never through actions such as these.
Jim Storrar ● 25d0 Comments ● 25d
Your next chance to meet the Council team responsible for the Boston Manor Park project is Thursday 25th March at 7pm. when the focus will be on the ‘The Ecology of Boston Manor Park’. You can sign up for this online meeting using the link to our website below, where you'll also find some useful 'talking points'. It's also possible just to phone in.All details are available on our website: https://saveourtrees.uk/thu-25th-mar-open-council-meeting/
Jim Conroy ● 26d0 Comments ● 26d
This is what a dear friend of mine thinks about the government's pay offer to NHS staff.Yesterday, the final blow was dealt. A proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff, whilst others, outside the NHS, are proposing to vote themselves increases above 1%. This is an absolute disgrace. For the past ten years, pay and conditions in the NHS have been ransacked. Pay frozen, public pensions attacked. Remember the coalition government, who managed to convince the public that NHS staff all had gold plated pensions? Who stood up to oppose those changes and support the NHS ? Who has stood up and challenged the huge management costs in the NHS ? Layers and layers of management posts, directors, non executive directors, trust chairmen, plus all the others in every NHS hospital. Some junior managers, with few or no qualifications, no direct contact with patients but many paid the same or more than a Ward or ITU Sister with professional degrees. What has happened over the past year? The doctors, nurses, health care assistants, frontline admin staff, porters and cleaners, left to basically run the hospitals, whilst most of the management have worked from home. Imagine the nursing staff, having to deal with several deaths per shift, being the last person to hold someone's relatives hand as they die? The sheer stress each hour of each 12 or 13 hour shift, worked with no breaks. Exhausted, emotionally and physically. Who stood up and challenged the 44.000 nursing vacancies? Well I can hold my hand up and say that I have, especially in the last ten years of my 47 year career as a nurse. I retired 2 years ago, fed up with no one listening to us, targets above patient care, plus many many other issues. The time has come to stand up and demand a complete overhaul of the structures in our NHS. Bring back the outsourced staff, porters and cleaners in house, so that their pay and conditions can be improved. Yes the NHS requires managers but not in the numbers, we currently have. Savings made can be redirected to frontline staff. Who is actually going to stand up and challenge all of the above? A golden opportunity for the Labour Party and others to step up to the plate.
Vanessa Smith ● 45d3 Comments ● 27d
The Gunnersbury Park Community Interest Company has refused to grant access by the Bowls Club to the bowls green to carry out urgent maintenance work.Some readers may wish to sign this petition:https://petitions.hounslow.gov.uk/GPBowlsClub/Our request is that all councillors, whether members of the Planning Committee or not, should seek to use their good offices to persuade the CIC to allow the Bowls Club access to the bowls green.Gunnersbury Estate (2026) Community Interest Company (the CIC) is responsible for the management of Gunnersbury Park on behalf of the joint owners, the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing.In April 2020 a planning application was refused for the conversion of the bowls clubhouse to a cafe/restaurant. In January 2021, a decision on a further, almost identical, planning application was deferred by Hounslow Planning Committee. This proposal would lead to the re-purposing of the bowls green as a mini-golf facility which would mean the end of bowls in Gunnersbury Park after 90 years.In deferring their decision, the Planning Committee wished to have more time to consider all of the relevant facts, including the consideration of alternative sites for the mini-golf facility.The Bowls Club and volunteers from the wider community have been refused access by the CIC to carry out urgent maintenance work. Without this work the bowls green will rapidly deteriorate to a condition beyond repair and this will mean that the Planning Committee will be faced with a situation where bowls is no longer a viable use for the site of the bowls green.The Bowls Club is not opposed to the establishment of a mini-golf facility in the Park. Indeed, it supports the principle of this important source of revenue for the CIC but not at the expense of
Jim Storrar ● 45d13 Comments ● 28d
Are you concerned about Boston Manor's trees? We're trying to get some answers from the council and you could help by taking just 1 minute to answer 2 questions. You can also let us know how you feel via email@example.com. Thanks! 🙏 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/896MB8P
Jim Conroy ● 47d30 Comments ● 30d
Gave someone a lift there this week so she could get vaccinated. She was very impressed with the way the operation was run. A credit to everyone involved.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 32d9 Comments ● 30d
Although the closure of Barclays on the High Street is to be regretted I fail to see why a company with a primary responsibility to shareholders should be forced to keep open a branch which clearly must be operating at a loss.The gap should be filled by the Post Office which can still be supported by subsidy. The government should be identifying communities with significant numbers of people cut off from banking services and making sure there is a Post Office branch in the area.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 40d15 Comments ● 31d
Just looking at the COVID report on the front page and having just seen a TV news comment by a doctor about the refusal of free vaccine jabs by the very people who are so highly vulnerable is plain staggering. Yes persuasion is the way but those who still refuse, how and what can be done? Logically anyone not vaccinated should not be permitted to mix or work with the rest of us. It is utter madness but so many BAME people are a vital and much valued part of the NHS and many other areas of work. What can be done? The fact that a huge proportion of BAMEs are highly qualified top consultants, doctors, nurses, who will all (I hope) have received the vaccination jabs should have convinced these obdurate people to accept vaccinations. What steps can be taken to enforce vaccination onto anyone coming into contact with the rest of us?
Jennifer Selig ● 70d19 Comments ● 33d
Misleading information provided by energy switching company Look After My Bills to the public has been addressed by the Advertising Standards Authority. Below is a post shared by Nick Blagg, a member of: "Look After My Bills Problem Reporting Page." Nick Blagg shared a link.The complaint made to the advertising standards agency against LAMB has been upheld !! It feels like a partial victory to me based on what the ruling is (see below) but it’s still a win and the more of us that continue to complain the more pressure is applied. Keep it up guys. 👍🏻Dear Mr Blagg,Thank you for your continued patience. Further to the below, we received another complaint which raised issues similar to those highlighted in your complaint. Based on the information you and the other complainant provided, we considered that advertising content from Look After My Bills was likely to break the advertising rules we apply. Therefore, we contacted the advertiser to ask for their assurance that future ads do not misleadingly imply that users of the service will have access to every single energy company and every single energy deal on the market. They have provided this assurance.This now resolves your complaint, and the case will be closed. Basic information including the advertiser’s name and where the ad appeared will be published on www.asa.org.ukThank you for bringing this matter to our attention.Kind regards,JamesJames JonesComplaints ExecutiveDirect Line 020 7492 2214Please note, I do not work on FridaysAdvertising Standards AuthorityCastle House, 37-45 Paul StreetLondon EC2A 4LSTelephone 020 7492 2222
Neil Milkins ● 35d0 Comments ● 35d
Pushdoctor As at yesterday most of the 46 GP practices in Hounslow are now offering this service and by the end of next week it is expected that 45 practices will be ‘live’.There are 2 types of service ‘Patient Lead’ and ‘Practice Lead’. Patient Lead means that you can book an appointment direct with Pushdoctor; Practice Lead means that you will contact your practice to book and appointment and they will decide whether or not the GP you see will be from Pushdoctor. Some of the practices have changed their website and the yellow eConsult page has been removed and replaced with a button. West4GPs have changed their website if you want to see an example of a revised website page.
Jennifer selig ● 37d5 Comments ● 35d
Joined up planning to recognise the Thames as real community asset for all Brentford residents:https://brentford.nub.news/n/draft-showing-plans-for-a-public-footpath-around-whole-of-brentford-dock-totally-unacceptable?fbclid=IwAR1RmvgTRPbHalQDyF9stFkyoSoz4WuiD9aKFTn22BnLKbVDmQE2me_8_ng
Paul Scullion ● 38d1 Comments ● 36d
Sad news. Murray Walker,absolute legend, has passed away at the age of 97. May he Rest In Peace
N V Brooks ● 37d1 Comments ● 36d
Although this site has highlighted the big increase in parking charges which have been dressed up as an environmental measure but really are about more revenue, an equally important change appears to have been overlooked.Hounslow Council have now started selling permits which allow you to park anywhere in the borough including on street parking bays. This could not be a clearer confirmation of how the need for more cash will trump the need to save the planet on every occasion.For £1,100 per annum for a low emission car e.g. a hybrid or £1,500 for anything else you can now buy a permit to park anywhere you like. This isn't expensive if you would otherwise be using public transport to get to work on a daily basis so will lead to a significant shift from public transport to car use.They will almost certainly be used by every single estate agent in the area who will now be able to ferry potential buyers to viewings without worrying about getting fines and will be able to occupy scarce bays in the town centre putting an even greater squeeze on local retailers.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 55d11 Comments ● 37d
SENSITIVE AS THOUSANDS LOSE JOBS AND BUSINESSES GO BUST. A working group of Borough councillors is due to report shortly on remuneration for councillors. Should it increase and, if so, by how much? Currently, Council leader Steve Curran receives £42,332 per year. This compares with neighbouring leaders' pay – £41,808 in Ealing (Labour), and £65,947 in Hillingdon (Conservative). In 2018 a report, The Remuneration of Councillors in London, recommended £68,130. It said: "This is a full-time job, involving a high level of responsibility and includes the exercise of executive responsibilities. It is right that it should be remunerated on a basis which compares with similar positions in the public sector, while still retaining a reflection of the voluntary character of public service."The Working Group's recommendations are expected to be presented at the Council's next meeting, 30 March.The last increase in Hounslow councillors' allowances was in 2018. They all receive a basic £11,045 pa. There are then Special Responsibility Allowances for committee and other work. Deputy leader Cllr Lily Bath currently receives £29,586. Other Cabinet members receive £25,508. The 2018 report recommended these figures should be between £47,962 and £54,505.The 2018 report said: "It is important that, as far as reasonably possible, financial loss does not prevent people from becoming councillors. Allowances are not shown by polls to be something which influences councillors to take on the role, though they are instrumental in making it possible for some people to do so. Allowances should be set at a level that enables people to undertake the role of councillor, while not acting as an incentive to do so. If it is important that there are no financial incentives to being a councillor, it is equally important that there should not be a financial disincentive. It is clearly desirable that service as a councillor is not confined to those with independent means."
Vanessa Smith ● 60d21 Comments ● 40d
A fellow customer of Barclays posted on Brentford Friends Facebook group yesterday a letter from the bank to say the branch would close on 2 June. To think I switched my NatWest account of 40 years to Barclays over this issue. No banks, no post office, no postal depot, soon no free ATM I expect. Just tumbleweed. Truly, Brentford is the unloved stepchild of LBH. We do have a beautiful multi-storey car park (closed) and a blue road, though. So there is that.
Mike Paterson ● 44d15 Comments ● 42d
I asked the men working in what was Naked Grain what the shop was going to be and was told 'estate agent'. That will make seven along the High Street by my count (starting Albany Parade end and including Ballymore's own marketing suite).
Anne England ● 46d4 Comments ● 45d
How sad and disheartening to read of the situation that the Friends of Boston Manor find themselves in, unfortunately it is not an uncommon experience among groups like them. This group of people work their socks off, and have done for years only for the council to sweep in and undo all the hard work and committment. The whole idea is that the council and the Friends groups work together, unfortunately Hounslow seem to be control freaks and think they know best with their grandiose schemes and so-called 'consultations'.If we have learned anything over the last dreadful year, it is that volunteering and working together has been of great benefit to communities all over the country. Our parks and open spaces have come into their own as valuable and valued assets. To see a group of volunteers who have raised a lot of money and thrown themselves into making Boston Manor what it was feeling so let down they feel they have no option other than to walk away is appalling, heads in Hounslow should truly be hanging in shame. And before anyone starts shouting 'Covid' this was the situation for many of us prior to the pandemic. There are many Friends groups around this borough who possibly feel the same at times, dealing with Hounslow is not an easy task. E-mails go unanswered, communication is dire and you are left in limbo.But then looking at our elected members and their performance this week is it really any surprise?
Vanessa Smith ● 45d0 Comments ● 45d
though you wouldn't think so from the way Gunnersbury Park CIC are advertising it as a done deal! Not only was it refused once but it was about to be refused a second time, had the decision not been deferred so an alternative site for the golf could be explored. Let me make clear again that we understand the need to raise revenue and we are not against Putt in the Park, just not at the cost of destroying a public amenity, the bowling green, that has been enjoyed for nearly a century and should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. But the CIC continues hellbent on its determined mission to kill off bowling in the park and will not listen to the community it's supposed to represent or consider any alternative site for the golf. Surely they can't think that collecting the names of some people interested in Putt in the Park will force Planning to change their decision?
bela cunha ● 46d1 Comments ● 46d
Osama Bin Liner is being visited by his American cousin - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-56266743
Richard Greenhough ● 46d0 Comments ● 46d
I'm looking for a good local gardener, someone reliable and who knows about plants. Any recommendations please?
Barbara Lawrence ● 49d1 Comments ● 47d
I believe we will have a food only marketin March all being well thanks to Debs and co.
Jean Harrison ● 52d2 Comments ● 50d
LB Hounslow is carrying out a public consultation on Draft Visions for the four town centres, including Brentford, in the Borough. This important consultation has received little publicity.This is an extremely important document for the future of our community. We would encourage you to have a look and to respond to the consultation -https://haveyoursay.hounslow.gov.uk/bids-and-funding/town-centres-draft-visions-engagement/Brentford Voice is seeking to organise a virtual community "conversation" about the Draft Vision. We will post further details in due course.
Jim Storrar ● 53d7 Comments ● 50d
A couple of days ago the first application of the year for an alcohol and events licence for Gunnersbury Park dropped though my letter box. Quick off the mark - no slouching there!Meanwhile, as the new bowling season approaches and Covid is deemed a safe sport to engage in, despite the massive and unanimous support for the retention of bowling in the park, the CIC continues totally deaf to their community's outrage and appeals. 'Go away you pesky little people who still believe a park should be for everyone. Go somewhere else if you want to enjoy bowling again, you're not wanted here. Make way for the drinkers and revellers, they are the people we want here.'Interesting values and priorities of a Community Interest Company.
bela cunha ● 54d3 Comments ● 54d
FINAL WARNING. If anyone is thinking of joining energy switching company Look After My Bills or energy supply company, Utility Point, please look at their reviews on Look After My Bills Problem Reporting Page and Utility Point Owes Me a Refund on Facebook Groups page. There are thousands of people nationwide that have had nightmare experiences with these companies. Both companies will sign you up within seconds on dedicated signing up landlines but when problems arise it is virtually impossible to contact them. Telephone calls are not connected and emails to them don't get answered. There are many warnings on Trustpilot about these two companies as well. Shockingly Utility Point are under investigation by Trustpilot for offering incentives to people to post positive reviews. Look After My Bills are now also under investigation for doing the same.
Neil Milkins ● 58d5 Comments ● 54d
The Facebook "Brentford Friends" site has reported that the dear "gentleman" has died today (taken away by ambulance they say)He was almost a fixture under those arches for over 30(?) years.
Jim Lawes ● 82d14 Comments ● 54d
Some may have noticed the item on the front page of TW8 regarding the meeting of Hounslow Planning Committee on 20 January. One item on the agenda that is of particular local interest is the planning application for the change of use and extension of the Bowls Pavilion at Gunnersbury Park to create a cafe/restaurant. The change of use of the bowling green itself to a mini golf facility would not need planning permission but approval of the application for the Bowls Pavilion would almost certainly see an end to bowling in Gunnersbury Park, a sport that has been played there since 1931.It would be good if you could write a short email to the members of the Planning Committee listed in the item on the front page of TW8. Please respond, irrespective of whether you are for or against this proposal.
Jim Storrar ● 95d18 Comments ● 55d
This issue will be considered by Hounslow Planning Committee at their meeting tomorrow evening (7 January). The agenda for the meeting is here (see Agenda Item 7).https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=595&MId=11650&Ver=4The Committee will decide whether or not to grant authority to an Article 4 Direction. The effect of this direction would be to remove permitted development rights that would have otherwise allowed the installation of gates to restrict access to the river from the estate and its surrounds.It is possible that not all of the members of the Committee will be aware of the high level of local interest in this matter. It's not too late to let members of the Committee know of your views, whether for or against, on this proposal. Your email (in your own words and as brief as possible) could have the subject line of "Hounslow Planning Committee 7 January 2020 -Agenda Item 7", and it should be sent to members of the Committee by early afternoon on 7 January.The relevant email addresses are:Michael.Denniss@firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com@hounslow.gov.ukMohammed.Umair@hounslow.gov.uk
Jim Storrar ● 103d84 Comments ● 56d
Hounslow has embarked on a roll out plan to close all the chutes in the Borough. Starting with Haverfields and Brentford Towers. They are being replaced with sheds sighted all over. My Major concerns are; These sheds are located outside residents front doors, up against walls grass and shrubs have been cemented over for foundations. I understand they are fire proof for some 30-4o minutes but they are not smoke proof or smell proof. For residents to put the bagged rubbish in they must now carry the bags down in lifts, stairs and walk to the bins. We are plagued by animal and human scavengers already with bins that are operating already. The human ones take any thing from bags. The police can't do anything as the rubbish is in a public place. Now with hundreds of these being placed on estates the thieves will have a field day . Plus bins being located in the open will encourage flytipping. One last thought Local councillors want to have local children decorate these bins. Please no.Bad enough now without multi coloured sheds.
David Squire ● 65d11 Comments ● 56d
Interesting views on LTNs here - particularly that traffic displaced by these schemes impacts more on poorer residents on "main" roads. A failed policy, clearly.https://www.onlondon.co.uk/paul-wheeler-why-londons-road-wars-are-tearing-labour-apart/?fbclid=IwAR2Ei2D_zRKcze1Qs0Z0BVuD2rVqStXnGqneesC5WrolPTBNqIQ7rATJTOs
Graham Thorpe ● 59d2 Comments ● 59d
HelloWe have heard a few rumours about this old shop is going to be. Can anyone confirm what exactly it will be? The London Borough of Hounslow seem to have taken over the lease and have spent £££££££s refurbishing this over many months.Any councillors care to comment on what EXACLTY this will be?ThanksSimon
Simon Groves ● 60d4 Comments ● 59d