Anyone know what the nature of the 'work'(term used lightly as no work seems to being done) outside the Six Bells?There looks like there has been some sort of new paving laid,albeit unfinished and there is never anyone attending the site or even leaning on a shovel to create an impression of anything going on? Still,who amongst those who are responsible really cares what happens?Why am I not surprised? Here's a tip to those who are responsible,don't start public works unless you have the manpower and parts/equopment to start and finish the jog in one fell swoop.If you don't have those things in place,don't start the bloody job until you do.
Keith Iddon ● 52d8 Comments ● 32d
Dear Food bank people.I often wonder what you need by way of donations, particularly when I see one of our favourite food items on a good offer.What do you want by way of donations?What do you need the most?What are you often asked for that you cannot supply?I know you had a children’s activity box on your delivery van, is that still the case? This time of year lots of activity things get marked down as the supermarkets try to get you in to their shop, in the hope you will still be with them for Christmas?Do you still do the mini ‘hamper’ for Christmas? Do you do this type of thing during the course of the year? It helps to know so I can bear it in mind.Thanks.
Sarah Felstead ● 47d15 Comments ● 33d
I went shopping today - a walk across the green at St Paul’s, down the High Street, coffee at Sam’s, a bit of shopping at Mozza’s and retraced steps home. I realised that a ring (belonging to my late mother) had slipped off my little finger. It’s small but quite broad - about 8mm and a deep yellow gold, completely plain. It was always *just* a fraction too big for my little finger and the cooler weather today means my fingers would have shrunk slightly - it just slipped off somewhere. A very long shot but - if you happen to find it, please let me know. I’ll continue searching at home. Many thanks in advance.
Tracie Dudley Craig ● 37d7 Comments ● 37d
So the factions in Labour are already splitting the party and they aren’t even a government! They are just as dysfunctional as the Tories, maybe worse. People really can’t remember the utter shambles the Brown administration was.I wonder how Ms Parizotto will vote in the next elections?
Simon Hayes ● 53d15 Comments ● 38d
Can anyone please help with a possible legal conundrum. If I have a window cleaning round, as I understand it each and every customer would have to give signed written permission for me to keep a record of their address. However, if I had say 70 customers on the fictitious road Abercwmbucket Street would I be breaking Data Protection Law if I just kept a record of door numbers without recording the name of the street?I.E. 1-5-8-34- etc.
Neil Milkins ● 39d0 Comments ● 39d
Probably doesn't apply to many on this forum, but if you are due the £300 CoL payment this autumn then it'll be paid automatically. If you get a text or email asking you to apply, then it's a SCAM.
Susan Kelly ● 44d4 Comments ● 43d
Another late announcement from TfLSouth Ealing Station westbound platform ( that's towards Heathrow) is to be closed from the 31st October until mid December earliest.This is for long overdue scheduled works. Passengers will already be aware that the stairs and floor surfaces have been faulty and slippery for several years and the visual aid dimples on the platforms have become severe trip hazards - ironically for visually impaired in particular. **These dimple pavers when used on inclined kerbs are also awful when frosty so beware.**So with diversions and long bus delays already to South Ealing and Northfields things are about to get worse.Best option from a Tube driver is to use Boston Manor to go west as it's cheaper. It is though, more expensive to go east with few and more overcrowded trains than from Northfields or South Ealing. Unlike in East London when TfL moved the zone boundary whilst Stratford Station and others were less accessible, They will not be doing the same for Boston Manor even though both will be largely inaccessible for Brentford Commuters for 6 weeks or more.Not mentioned but expect the same to occur with the Eastbound platforms from January as they are in a similar state.
Raymond Havelock ● 43d1 Comments ● 43d
There is a sign at the bottom of the South Ealing Road, by the petrol station at the junction with the A4. It states that the road will be closed from 23rd to 29th October. Please will someone tell me that I have got this wrong. I don't need to spell out why!!!
Alison Robins ● 53d32 Comments ● 43d
Having been a shopper at Morrisons for nearly 30 years, I decided to try out the new car park under their new store in the high street. I parked in a designated space and made my way up to the store for about 45 minutes spending about £80. I received a parking QR voucher from the checkout which I used to validate my parking (free for 90 minutes) 36 hours later I was sent a £100 PCN from the managers (Parking and property management) I returned to the carpark on foot to see if I had missed something about the space I parked in but it was OK. There was a chap supervising the parking machines who took my details and told me not to worry as a lot of people were having the same problem getting the Morrisons QR voucher to work. I appealed the fine explaining clearly what had happened expecting it all to be rectified but instead had my appeal swiftly rejected, so pay up or things will get worse. I will not be using this car park again, so it's goodbye Morrisons i'm afraid.
Stephen Keogh ● 61d37 Comments ● 44d
I’m trying to get hold of Peter Earls, but his number doesn’t seem to be working. Anybody know if he’s still around?
Mark Gormley ● 47d4 Comments ● 46d
Does anyone,particuarly any councillor as they are more likely to be in the know,have any idea what purpose these lights serve,who benefits from them and when will they be removed,if ever?
Keith Iddon ● 49d1 Comments ● 48d
Yet again Hounslow has made 'Private Eye' page 40 - so much for integrity and transparency, this lot beggar belief, with shades of the Godfather.https://www.facebook.com/groups/brentfordtoday
Vanessa Smith ● 67d13 Comments ● 49d
I notice that having provided lovely new basketball courts for the youngsters to use there are no lights for the kids in the evenings so they can play after school. I did speak to Vanessa, the park manager, but she said lights were not in the plan as they did not wish the kids to be in the park overnight! Come on Hounslow councillors! Give the kids some lights. I walk my dog in BMP three times a day and I have to say that all the youngsters I have met while walking by are always polite and friendly to this old codger, even when my dog tries to join in their games.
Robert Ayres ● 50d0 Comments ● 50d
Why is the UK so behind on investment in deep sea mining? Where will we get the minerals we need for the future? China has the rights on ocean sea beds the size of the UK. We will have to buy them from other countries thus worsening our balance of payments.
Nicholas Beard ● 52d1 Comments ● 52d
It appears on the Front Page.I thought it was well written and informative. Encore!
Jim Lawes ● 65d14 Comments ● 56d
Was on bus home past Waterman's after school this week when one of the students sitting near me spotted Guy L cycling to Waterman's. I was impressed when he told me 'miss, that one of our councillors' but couldn't answer when he said 'he's not wearing a helmet so why are we always being told to?' Didn't have an answer - is there a reason I can give him, Guy?
Sarah Boulding ● 79d38 Comments ● 57d
Brentford are extremely lucky to be getting a Sam's Riverside. Why buy a flat that is advertised as being part of a thriving community (not my words - but that how they market these egg boxes) if you then want peace and quiet. His restaurant in Hammersmith is outstanding.
Amanda Dickinson ● 66d3 Comments ● 60d
How many more times?How many can an area take with all the other impediments in the area.
Elizabeth Price ● 86d13 Comments ● 60d
Has anyone noticed the price hikes within the new store?I.e frozen prawns, previous price 2.75 now 3.50Cream sponge, previous price 2.30 now 3.05Won’t be going there often!
Peter Selbbit ● 67d11 Comments ● 60d
I managed to visit morrisons last week avoiding oncoming traffic. The layout reminds me of the Amazon Fresh store in Hounslow. Not very user friendly. However if you are a Amazon Prime member you can shop online with free deliveries. I have the feeling that Morrisons Waterside are catering for the higher end of the market as prices are generally higher,
irene barber ● 65d0 Comments ● 65d
Is it still possible to park in the old car park?
Iris Hill ● 71d5 Comments ● 67d
I've just walked around the outside of the new Morrisons'store and there dosn't appear to be any provision for parking which will cause chaos on the High Street.JL.
Jim Linwood ● 79d19 Comments ● 68d
They are contracted by National Highways to "fix" the M4 supports. They appear, via dozens on inter companies to be subsidiaries of Balfour Beatty - a very large construction company.I have been chasing them for updates on the construction and disruption of Windmill Road. Bearing in mind the work was supposed to be finished in May until for obscure reasons it was stopped for the coronation. Apparently the costs of this stoppage are alleged to be £400K, this will be paid for by Connect Plus, no doubt out of the directors' pocket money rather than via the majority of their revenues that come from the UK Taxpayer.When they restarted a few weeks ago they promised Windmill Road would only be closed at night, and the whole works would be finished in November."Thank you for your emails regarding the ongoing M4-A4 concrete pier repairs. Connect Plus Services works on behalf of National Highways and Connect Plus to manage, operate and maintain the M25 and its linking roads, as well as the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing. I note your comments about the closure of Windmill Road and I’d again like to apologise for the inconvenience that this is causing. As you have observed, whilst this area is closed due to work on surrounding piers, we have put in place welfare facilities for our operatives on site. Having facilities in this location means that they are nearby for operatives, therefore negating the need for them to leave the area, reducing the time operatives are away from the site and therefore increasing production. With regards to the possibility of re-opening Windmill Road, we are aiming to have this crossing re-opened by 9 December 2023. Please be assured any change to this date will be communicated to you. We’ve assessed a number of different options here to allow us to speed up the delivery of these works, which included using overnight closures, but have found that working in this way would not be feasible in terms of either working safely, or delivering a suitable standard of repairs. Our works remain on schedule to be fully completed as planned in December 2023, as per the progress tracker sent in our most recent update to you of 29 September 2023. The original date proposed for completion includes a certain amount of delay/risk allowance, this is something that is very common within construction programs in order to allow for any unforeseen risks that may arise. It is due to an unforeseen risk that we have had to carry out additional works to piers. Although initial surveys were carried out previously to determine the level of works required, further areas of delamination were discovered during the Hydrodemolition process used to remove the effected concrete. These areas have increased the amount of works being carried out on some of the piers therefore increasing the duration of completion. Although this has lengthened the time of some of the elements of the program, we have been able to mitigate some of this time by working weekends, installing additional temporary welfare facilities, such as those at Windmill Lane, and increasing resource. This has allowed us to utilise the time/risk allowance and not exceed the overall completion date. Furthermore, I note your comments about the finances involved with the removal of our works in April, in advance of the coronation of King Charles. Whilst I’m not at liberty to discuss the costs in detail, I would like to assure you that this was paid for out Connect Plus’ own resources and not with funds from the public purse."When I'm back from a short holiday I will communicate further to Vonnect Plus. This will include my response here and anything else you would like me to inform them of.
Guy Lambert ● 69d3 Comments ● 68d
I remember you raising this, NV, and I have raised it with TfL a couple of times, and finally have a respons:"Thank you for contacting us regarding the traffic signals at the junction between the A4 and Boston Manor Road. An engineer has investigated your enquiry and looked into the operation of the traffic lights at this location. The traffic signals here operate under an automated traffic control system called SCOOT. This utilises detection to monitor the number of vehicles and then uses the information to vary the green signal time on each approach to the junction. During our investigation, it was found that part of the detection at this junction is faulty, meaning green signal times on street not being based upon real time traffic demands. While we wait for the fault to be fixed, we have updated the operation of the junction; these adjustments provide a longer green signal time for Boston Manor Road and have been observed to improve queues on Boston Manor Road.The A4 westbound receives a short green signal while all other approaches are held on red. This is to hold eastbound traffic heading into central London in order to reduce congestion and blocking of the junction at Boston Manor Road. If the eastbound was to run for this additional period of green signal time, then it would block the junction of the A4 / Boston Manor Road, preventing Boston Manor Road from moving when it does receive a green signal due to the A4 eastbound traffic blocking back."
Guy Lambert ● 69d3 Comments ● 69d
Aldi have announced a priority list to open a store in South Ealing.Location possibilities or probables anyone?With Brentford and Morrisons near inaccessible from the roads fiasco and poor access this could have huge ramifications for Morrisons for it's main source of profitability.
Raymond Havelock ● 74d10 Comments ● 70d
As an old pupil of St Pauls school I was privileged to be invited to the school's 150th anniversary this week. It was a truly memorable day and I should like to congratulate the Headmaster, Mr Wright and all his amazing staff for putting on such a great service. The children were the stars of the show and I am in awe of how confident they all were. Well done St Pauls and all the staff and children. Thank you.
Pat Kingham ● 72d1 Comments ● 71d
What word would you use to describe a neighbour who, prior to the CPZ, regularly bagged 'their' bit of the road i.e. that directly outside of their house by leaving various bits of detritus in the road? Now, quite a long time past the introduction of the CPZ, the same neighbour is at it again. There are more often than not (as today) spaces in the road but, apart from this being beside the point, heaven forbid that somebody should have to walk a few yards. As far as I know, this behaviour is illegal.
Anne England ● 92d17 Comments ● 75d
I'm on Netley Road, booming music playing all day on Sep 16 and 17, sounded like it might have been coming from the stadium but couldn't find any mention of any events there. Does anyone have a clue where this dreadful noise is coming from? Just hope it doesn't start up again tomorrow (Monday) morning.
Nathan Sumner ● 84d14 Comments ● 77d
If you look at the two documents that the council is currently consulting in it is hard not to be taken aback by the difference between the rhetoric and the reality.While it is a perfectly laudable aim to discourage car use and encourage sustainable transport measures, this is hard to achieve if you have a huge vested interest in encouraging people to drive which Hounslow does because it operates the largest number of car parking spaces in the borough.These are concentrated in the Hounslow town area which is also very well provided with privately run car parks so there would be a limited impact if the council were to get out of the car park business and bring much needed funds to its coffers by selling the sites for development.However, the 'strategy' is to upgrade the existing car parks and provide more when they deem demand requires it.The kerbside strategy on the other hand is to squeeze space even further with more parklets, EV chargers, bike hangers and cycle lanes. All of these are laudable, and some may even be necessary, but the report acknowledges that there are already parts of the borough where demand for residential spaces already outweighs supply.This includes Chiswick which already has the lowest level of daily car usage and pays more that the rest of the borough put together in permit charges.Chiswick's main car park at Sainsbury's is under continued threat of development and even that provides a fraction of the space available if you want to park in Hounslow. Squeezing further the limited available space will achieve almost nothing in encouraging people to switch modes of transport but will further reduce footfall on the High Road.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 82d5 Comments ● 78d
Blue balloons attached to Kew Bridge lamp posts. Scores of them, along both sides of the bridge. Does anyone know why?
Sue Rowe ● 80d3 Comments ● 78d
Did anyone watch the excellent programme on TOGETHERTV at 0215 this morning? It was about Griffin Park. While I am not a football fan I found in very informative.
Nicholas Beard ● 81d5 Comments ● 80d
‘Mogden, close to the River Thames, also tracks the volume of raw sewage it discharges.Between early 2019 and May this year it spilled 20.6bn litres – the equivalent to roughly 8,000 Olympic pools, according to data released by Thames Water in response to an environmental information request.’ - The Guardian, Tuesday 12th September 2023https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2023/sep/12/unacceptable-how-raw-sewage-has-affected-rivers-in-england-and-wales-in-maps
Tracie Dudley Craig ● 90d5 Comments ● 80d
Police have been called in after contractors working for e-bike firm Lime went into a London council’s pound to snatch back dozens of cycles seized for blocking roads and pavements.Hammersmith and Fulham council has confiscated hundreds of electric bikes following more than 1,500 complaints from residents.Take note Cllr Dunne & Lambert, Lime the people you are dealing withdon't give a monkeys for the trouble their bikes cause as long as they make money and we are all still waiting to see the Memorandum of understanding that Cllr Dunne said she had at the Brentford area forum,despite a FOI request
Robert Ayres ● 87d3 Comments ● 82d
When will the 20mph limit be rolled out UK wide. The UN support the 20mph limit I understand.
Nicholas Beard ● 84d2 Comments ● 84d
Two forthcoming community meetings have been organised by Brentford Voice. The subjects of both meetings have an important bearing on the future of our area.The first will discuss the ongoing consultation by Hounslow Council on the Emerging Brentford Master Plan. It is taking place on Wednesday 13th September at 6.30 p.m. at Brentford Free Church. Boston Manor Road and is open to all.Council officers and their consultants will present the context and content of the Masterplan. There will be ample time to comment on the Masterplan and to ask questions.The following Monday 18th September at 6.30pm there will be a community meeting at the Holiday Inn on ideas for the future of Brentford’s disused railway embankment, which runs immediately to the west of Commerce Road. The meeting is open to all.At the same venue in January 2023 there was a similar event, at the same venue, which was very well-attended. Brentford Voice was seeking the community’s views on whether it should go ahead with the commissioning of a Feasibility Study on the future use of the embankment. The almost unanimous view was that it should proceed.With grant funding from Hounslow Council, Brentford Voice appointed consultants to prepare a Feasibility Study. Adams & Sutherland (A&S), architecture, landscape, and urban design consultants were selected to produce the report. At the meeting on 18 September A&S will present their first ideas. This will be followed by questions and answers and a general discussionAny questions or comments about both of the meetings can be emailed to email@example.comMore information is available here -http://www.brentfordtw8.com/default.asp?section=info&page=conbrentfordvoice030.htm
Jim Storrar ● 92d11 Comments ● 85d
HAS ANYONE HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH OVO ENERGY? One of dozens of messages that I have sent to OVO since January 2023. This one was sent on 13-8-23."I have had an 8 month nightmare with OVO. The Ombudsman upheld my complaint against them in May and I still haven't had an apology, compensation or a final bill."The reply I received on 17-8-23 was: "I have requested for these to be sent out via post, please allow 5-10 working days to receive the documents.Thanks,Nikkita."22 days gone by and still no sign of the promised postal delivery. In the meantime OVO has authorised a debt collector to harass me for an alleged debt of £146 +£20 costs. I emailed the debt company with proof of the now 9 months of OVO incompetence and they put the matter on hold until they contacted OVO. Unbelievably I today had an email from the debt company who have been instructed by OVO: "Please continue to chase the debt."OVO is driving me crazy. Next Wednesday I am seeking legal advise with a view to taken legal action against OVO for the now 9 month nightmare and the stress caused by OVO's incompetence.
Neil Milkins ● 93d7 Comments ● 86d
Great post from Alison below.Like her, in my 30 years of negotiating this junction I have never seen an accident.....and the traffic flowed!!The original sequencing of lights needs reinstating ASAP.We all need to email Guy, TFL and LBH.Guy.Lambert@hounslow.gov.uk,Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Operational Servicestraffic@firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Jenkins ● 168d80 Comments ● 87d
I regret having missed visiting the Island over the weekend ... when the access bridge and the island welcomed visitors to the Art and Craftdisplays.Someone has mentioned to me that the island (Lot's Ait) is privately ownedand not Hounslow Council property.Is that so?
Jim Lawes ● 98d5 Comments ● 90d
The fairly regular sequence of appearances by Hounslow in Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs continues this edition with speculation that the Labour group are seeking to parachute in Mazhar Hayat Raja into a safe seat currently held by the consistently absent Balraj Sarai.Although there are undoubtedly some dubious political machinations in the borough, they seem very small beer compared to the going ons in other local authorities. The source quoted here is the Brentford TV Facebook page which is a brilliant source of gossip on Hounslow but it doesn't seem to me credible that Labour would appoint somebody who has served time as a tax cheat. This smells like a rumour spread by one of the rival factions in the party. It would be quite fun if they did though.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 95d5 Comments ● 90d