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
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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 ● 83d14 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@email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@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
So few birds in our gardens now and they need running water to drink. A small container on the ground with a regular supply of water will do. So many houses used to have ponds for the wild life but it is rare to have a pond these days, and in this cold weather they will be frozen too. Our feeders are packed with parakeets, who are messy eaters dropping the food which is picked up by ground feeding birds. Our squirrel comes with a running mate in the shape of his own magpie who follows him around digging up any food he has just buried. If we see the magpie, then we know the squirrel is in the garden.Great fun to watch.
Sarah Felstead ● 67d5 Comments ● 60d
I don't know how many people are aware, but there is another attempt to develop the Park Road allotments opposite Syon Park Gates by the Duke's Northumberland Estates. The proposal is to build 80 duplexes and flats on about two thirds of the allotments that has been green fields for centuries and allotments for over 100 years. This is at a time when allotment demand is increasing. Out of 33 mature trees, 23 will be felled, along with a multitude of fruit trees and bushes. Great harm will be caused to the habitats of various wildlife.If you would like to submit a comment on this application, its reference on the council website is P/2020/4292 I have submitted an objection thus: Objection to Park Road Development Application The only good thing that can be said about these buildings is that they are not excessively high compared with other applications in the area. However, the very idea of building on this site, with the loss of 23 trees out of 33 and a multitude of trees and bushes over two thirds of the present site should be considered unacceptable per se. The site is Local Open Space, has been designated an Asset of Community Value, and demand for allotments is hugely increasing due to the population increase in London and its concentration in apartment blocks. Figures obtained by the National Allotment Society (NAS): 40 per cent of councils who responded to the survey saw a "significant uplift" in applications during April 2020, with a 300 per cent increase in one case. The NAS also saw a 45 per cent increase in requests for information about allotments through its own website. In Brentford there are expected to be many more apartments in 5-10 years than exist now, with an extraordinary community dispute growing over access to private areas of Brentford Dock and Brentford Lock. The continuing existence of green space and allotments should mitigate against this unwelcome trend. It is not acceptable for the applicant to provide smaller plots and say that solves the problem.
Ian Speed ● 87d7 Comments ● 64d
Does anyone know if Anns Cars are still operating?I went past today & it was an estate agent I think? I looked on Google and it is still listed?? I need a car next week and I found this company & their drivers just perfect!
Sharon Trevor ● 73d5 Comments ● 65d
I really do not understand why on earth the government are not taking the opportunity to ensure that all women MPs are treated equally as far as maternity rights are concerned. If Johnson can rush through legislation for his mate Braverman then he could damned well use the time to make sure that that it includes everyone. It is an absolute insult in this day and age that this out of date codswallop even exists let alone that given the chance parliament won't as they say, 'level up'. This is 2021 not that you'd know it where our legislature is concerned. Stella Creasey is absolutely right it is 'a form of direst discrimination'.At least the stupid old fart heading up the Japanese Olmypics has resigned over his comments - Ye Gods, spare us!
Vanessa Smith ● 66d3 Comments ● 66d
Hounslow's library service has been shut - apart from a few days - for almost a year. However, Richmond have managed to keep a service going with a 'click and collect' solution. So why can't Hounslow get their act together and follow suit?
Vanessa Smith ● 67d0 Comments ● 67d
Last few trips to Morrisons have not been good.Why is it that so many seem completely incapable of wearing a mask properly?Why are so many children running amok around the store? Teenagers taunting the security chap and brazenly not wearing masks?Why are so many customers so hideously rude to the staff and other customers?I watched this morning, several of these people who were wandering around the store with their masks only part covering. They all placed them properly when at the checkouts.So they know they are not complying. It is wilful.But they go unchallenged. Can anyone blame the staff for this? They have to endure risk enough every shift.But not one PA announcement, nothing.Seems the management have simply given up. But they need proper authoritative support, especially given that such a large proportion come directly from W7 and W13.Who actually monitors this?
Raymond Havelock ● 76d10 Comments ● 67d
Did you get your missive from The Leader through your letterbox today? I was intrigued to see that he is urging people to use the Covid rapid testing facilities in Isleworth.'Isleworth Public Hall (from Tuesday 19 January onwards)'. You may have a wasted journey, as far as anyone is aware the testing is being held at Isleworth LIBRARY. So refreshing to know how well Cllr. Curran knows Isleworth, apparently his knowledge of our area only extends to his mate the Duke of Northumberland and his ill-judged plans to build all over Park Rd. allotments.
Vanessa Smith ● 81d5 Comments ● 68d
There are quite a few very elderly simply falling through the net on vaccinations.If you know a neighbour particularly on their own it might help to check that they have had some form of communication and are not confused or unable to respond correctly.If you have a basic mobile phone ( which is very common in with over 70's) you will get a text message to call your GP. They will then call you back and take basic details for your suitability of the vaccine.(Sometimes texts come via audio texts on a landline. They are usually very hard to follow and understand.)GP practice can then set your appointment up for you and text you or call you with date, time and location.For this you do not need a smartphone or be online.But. If you only have a landline, you must call your GP and any other vital service and stress this to them so there is a clear note recorded to ensure you are either contacted by a person via landline or get a letter.Oddly many of the letters are being sent to over 80s inviting them to book online and at a location up to 45 mins away ( not including traffic deviations or volume)Completely housebound residents are being kept completely in the dark as are their regular District Nurses and Carers.If you know a housebound non ambulatory resident ( and a great many are hemmed in by LTNs and are completely unknown. Check on them and make sure that their GP knows that cannot be transported. A wrong assumption is being made with algorithm based data that a Housebound person can be transported.This has led to some being assumed to be refusing the vaccination by not being able to respond or having not stressed being totally unable to leave home.I noticed on BBC Breakfast how two spokespersons ducked and dived in avoiding questions about this very situation.It would be far better to either say they did not know or that the logistical issues are not resolved. Transporting the Pfizer Vaccine is still a huge problem.A proper explanation would be far better, even if it's not particularly positive.
Raymond Havelock ● 88d11 Comments ● 68d
A small appreciation for everything you do 🌈🌈 NHS we love you 🌸. Free soup, home-made bread & tea or coffee.SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL NHS. Brentford community want to thank you for everything you are doing. We want to show our support by providing free hearty soups with home-made bread and teas and coffees for key workers and ambulance drivers at West Middlesex Hospital. Pop in to collect yours any Thursday to Saturday Midday – 8pm and Sundays Midday – 7pm.Just show us your West Middlesex Hospital NHS ID or London Ambulance Service ID and it’ll be on the house. You are welcome to come back as many times as you wish until February 28th.We appreciate you so much. Thank you for everything you do.The Weir & The Brentford CommunityTerms & Conditions. One soup, plus one coffee or tea per person, per day. Available Thursday to Saturday Midday – 8pm and Sundays Midday – 7pm from January 12th to February 28th 2021.
Jan Birck ● 94d1 Comments ● 69d
This is a post from today (Monday 8 February) put on the Facebook page, Look After My Bills Problem Reporting Page by B**** Orm***"After initially being attracted by the promise of finding consumers the best market deal and starting the registration process, I read some worrying reviews and immediately cancelled - told LAMB that I had changed my mind and did not want them to look after my bills. Subsequently I continued to receive emails saying I had been transferred, causing me grief and frustration. I again informed them that I did not want LAMB to look after my bills and also emailed my current supplier to tell them I did not want LAMB to transfer me and that I wished to remain with Coop Energy. LAMB continued to email me about my transfer. What a nightmare! Fortunately Coop Energy stepped in on my behalf. This was quite some time ago and I continued to receive email from them but I have blocked them. Neil I wish you luck. Once they get their claws in you they fill your life with worry and anxiety. Relentless!" For some reason, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis on Saturday 6 February urged energy users to use switching companies such as Look After My Bills to try to get cheaper energy. All I can say is, before you consider doing this look at the Facebook groups page Look after My Bills Problem Reporting Page and Trustpilot, Look After My Bills reviews before making a decision you may regret for months to come.
Neil Milkins ● 70d0 Comments ● 70d
I am in the process of having a clear out and wondered if any organisation /charity could use unwanted books? They are largely what I guess would be classed as Chicklit, like Katie Ford, etc. There are also unused pristine colouring ‘mindful’ books, a small collection of children’s books too. Only available for collection in a Covid-free household in Brentford. Saturday pm collection preferable. Thanks.
Neal Rollason ● 88d9 Comments ● 73d
Just had woman collecting for charity at the door. Told her we gave huge food donation last Sunday but she kept asking. Asked her 3 times which charity she was collecting for, as it's tipping down and felt she was genuine, but couldn't understand her. Perhaps if someone else knows name of charity you could post it here so I can drop something off to her. Many thanks
Debbie Paradin ● 73d2 Comments ● 73d
Channel 4 will be showing the tests live from India starting on Friday.Marvellous news if like me, you love the game.
Keith Iddon ● 75d3 Comments ● 73d
We have all been so happy to finally see the peaceful transfer of power in the USA this week; the removal of a fanatical tyrant who ignored the interests of the people he represented, with often fatal consequences; and the commitment of the new leader to represent ALL the people of the country, including those who didn’t vote for him. Contrast this with our own local government and their continued anti-democratic denial of the right to have our views listened to and acted on by those who would pretend to represent us. Our local councillor is remarkably candid in admitting that the Streetspace / LTN roll-out will continue regardless of the massive continued opposition by the majority of those who’s lives have been affected – he has said he is happy to engage [forum 27/11], but that is clearly a politician’s promise – unless he is referring to the secret meeting just before Christmas that only 3 residents were able to find out about. He compares these changes to the fight against drink-driving; as though there is any comparison between a law that saves lives and the continued attack on freedom of movement that will probably cost lives – does he think we will be persuaded by such childish arguments? Ealing is pressing ahead with its own war against its electorate – this is despite a massive 77.5% negative feedback – two councils working together to heap misery on those who need to travel to work, shop or care for loved-ones. They would have us believe that these measures are pro-cycling and pro-pedestrian – was there ever a problem walking or cycling down the roads that have been closed? Would not a more pedestrian-friendly option be to reinstate school crossing patrols to protect our children on the way to school – there is plenty of money sloshing around to build cycle lanes – could some be diverted to safeguard children? But, of course, this policy was never pro-pedestrian – it’s simply anti-car. We might aspire to have Biden-like representation in local government, but we’re clearly stuck with mini Trumps building their walls and dividing communities whilst denying the obvious and real opposition of those who’s lives have been blighted by their pointless vanity project.
Graham Thorpe ● 88d23 Comments ● 75d
This is taking place on Thursday 28 January at 2:30pm. Please let me have your email address if you would like the link to dial in remotely.Thank you.
Caroline Joy ● 83d0 Comments ● 83d
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.For some people it is not bearable to think about, or to plan for their own funeral or for that of their spouse. However in these uncertain times I believe it is a responsible thing to do to take some of the pressure and grief off family members by not leaving things to late. Myself and my wife have taken steps to leave very little for our family members to worry about regarding these arrangementsWe have taken steps to arrange Pure Cremation funerals which was catapulted into the news a few years ago by singer David Bowie. For instance, if I die first, my wife will contact a funeral director in Hampshire. They will take care of all the arrangements needed. I would be collected from my home or from anywhere else and taken to Hampshire to to the funeral director's own private crematorium for disposal. No flowers, no family present and no funeral service. Arrangements have already been made for a memorial service shortly after my death.The benefits of doing things this way is that the cost to my wife and family is minimal. If I die at home the cost of the complete funeral arrangement is £1195.00 or £1.445 if I die in hospital or nursing home. The average cost of a cremation funeral in the UK is £3,986, sometimes thousands more.Being a very competitive business I am sure that some funeral directors would charge less than £1195.00.Nobody wants to die, but time and unforeseen events befall us all. In the mean time wash your hands and socially distance.
Neil Milkins ● 83d0 Comments ● 83d
Good Afternoon to Residents & Partner Organisations of Hounslow CCGPlease see important messages below and attached posterLetters are now being sent to NW London residents to book a vaccination through the national booking systemLetters inviting residents to register for an appointment at large vaccination centres have now started to be sent out by the national booking service to people in the first priority groups.The letters invite people to log onto the national booking system or call a national number to book their appointment at a centre within 45 minutes of their home address.More information about the national booking service here.The letter will include a unique booking code and individual NHS ID number to support the booking – these will be needed from the letter to book the appointment.Residents will not be able to book an appointment until they receive this invite letter, which will be sent when it’s your turn for a vaccination.Letters will initially go to people in the top JCVI groups who are in reasonable travelling distance of the locations that are open, and who haven’t already been vaccinated through other NHS vaccination services.People will only be able to book into the large vaccination centres and pharmacies using this system.More large vaccination centres and pharmacies will open over the next few weeks, which will be added to the booking system.Residents are being reminded that if they have already booked an appointment with their GP they should ignore this letter.Public information is also available here https://www.nwlondonccgs.nhs.uk/coronavirus/nhs-covid-19-vaccination-programmeReminder not to turn up too early to ensure social distancingIf you have an appointment booked, please try to ensure that you arrive no more than five minutes before your appointment time. This is to avoid you having to wait in long queues outside.When you attend your appointment, you'll need to: bring a face covering, unless you are exempt from wearing one wear a loose fitting top that lets you uncover your upper arm easily bring your booking reference and NHS number, found on your invite letter, if your appointment is at a vaccination centreIf you need a carer you can bring them with you on the day.If you’ve not been invited for a vaccination yet, don’t worry. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.For more information you can go to the website:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/Kind regardsHounslow CCG Communications TeamWebsite: www.hounslowccg.nhs.ukTwitter: @HounslowCCG
Bernard Allen ● 91d9 Comments ● 84d
I hope that Ballymore are paying the artist for the work, I would hate to think that the council are paying for this !
Richard Buchanan ● 94d6 Comments ● 85d
Hopefully Councillor Lambert will support the re-opening of the Gunnersbury Bowls Club asap and demonstrate his commitment to the elderly in this Borough.
Steve Crelley ● 86d0 Comments ● 86d
Monica Robb of Lateward Road passed away on 12 January 2021 at the Meadow House hospice in Ealing at the age of 90. She will be sadly missed by many people.The funeral is taking place on 28 January for restricted numbers but will be available via video-link for those wishing to dial in. Please post your email address if you would like the details.Caroline Joy(Daughter)
Caroline Joy ● 88d4 Comments ● 86d
Hi!I'm on the hunt for some old and unwanted comic books, magazines, kids comics etc to be used by a charity running a creative workshop with local community groups. If you have any old ones kicking around that you've been meaning to get rid of but don't want to go to waste I'd love to take them off your hands! (socially distanced/convenient collection, of course, and they absolutely don't have to be in immaculate condition or completely intact either)And if you have any suggestions for somewhere else to get ahold of some, I'd love to hear them too!
Lily O'Connor ● 90d3 Comments ● 87d
AGAIN LABOUR COUNCILLORS BREAK RANK AND CHALLENGE CLLR STEVE CURRAN AND CABINET. This is the third time in three months – unprecedented since her took over.Two groups of councillors have called in Cabinet decisions to be examined by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.The first call-in – next Wednesday – is supported by the 12 councillors below, with the lead being Cllr Unsa Chaudri. It concerns the Cabinet's decision to purchase affordable homes in developments in Brentford, Hounslow High Street and Feltham, at a cost of £82m.The second call-in – to be heard one week later – concerns the Cabinet's decision regarding Council Tax Support. It is led by Cllr Theo Dennison and proposes consultation on cuts of up to £7.8m in support for the Borough's poorest households. Fuller details of this call-in are not yet available.These follow one last November regarding traffic changes – when Cllr Richard Eason called for the resignations of two Cabinet members, Cllr Katherine Dunne and Hanif Khan.Details of next Wednesday's call-in became available today and are as follows:What Decision is to be Called-In: Council Housing Building Programme Update “ ...approved the following purchase schemes to be included within the approved Council Housing Building Programme:1. 50 homes from Network Homes in Fern Grove, Feltham.2. 55 homes from Barratt Homes at High Street Quarter, Hounslow.3. 164 homes from Berkeley Homes/St Edwards at the Homebase site in Syon, Brentford.”Whose Decision is being called in: Affordable Housing Committee (Councillor Steve Curran –Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration)Reason(s) for Call-In (Continue on a separate sheet if required):1 Inadequate consultation with stakeholders prior to the decision;· This item did not appear on the Forward Plan for a clear 28 days.· There has been no consultation with ward councillors in respect of majorproposals likely to impact the immediate area.· The Ward location of one site was incorrectly stated.· The status of at least one of these sites is otherwise described in the LocalPlan and consultation does not appear to have been considered to begin to resolve this.2 Inadequate evidence on which to base a decision;· The report contains assumptions of outcomes from a yet to be decided planning application.· The decision allows for procurement, agreeing terms, associated costs, without detailing or showing these costs.· The report does not refer to any agreement for future costs and charges to the authority or potential tenants should the report be agreed.3 Contrary to the budget or policy framework;· This decision does not adequately explain the financial implications of these proposed purchases.· There is insufficient shared Background Information to explain processes, unit costs, specifications and the appropriateness of the mix of purchase being sought.A key decision but not treated as such;With an estimated cost c.£81.9m plus transaction costs and ongoing revenue costs this must a key decisionInsufficient consideration of legal and financial adviceThe report contains no information on future financial implications (revenue costs) of purchasing leasehold properties within a larger development There is no evidence of any legal advice on the implications of making this decision prior to the authority making a decision on Planning Permission
Vanessa Smith ● 89d5 Comments ● 87d
I have a friend who is anxious to dispose of a garden storage box with lock. Here is a link to description:https://www.diy.com/departments/keter-store-it-out-arc-plastic-garden-storage-box/653851_BQ.prd?ds_rl=1272379&ds_rl=1272409&ds_rl=1272379&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8bXfvaSo7gIVbIBQBh0q6Q-3EAQYASABEgKoL_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&storeId=1358It is free but would need to be collected from near Macdonalds.
Virginia Fassnidge ● 88d2 Comments ● 87d
I have developed an Access database for Age Concern Chiswick. The basic design has been done and all the data imported. To create an effective user interface I need the help of someone who knows about Access VBA programming. I must stress that we have no budget for this work and that any kind whizzkid who helps would have to sign a confidentiality agreement.
David Lovegrove ● 87d3 Comments ● 87d
ENERGY SUPPLIERS.Because I haven't got a head for figures I have stuck with SSE Swalek for 47 years. But owing to Look After My Bills without my permission signing me up to Utility Point in October 2021, I have had the opportunity to try and figure out which energy provider gives the best deal. I have learned that using switching companies provides the worst deals and leave behind a trail of stress. For instance Look After My Bills and Utility Point for 4 months have both blamed each other and both have launched an investigation into the mess they have dropped me in. And the situation has not been resolved with 2 BBC consumer programmes investigating hundreds if not thousands of complaints against these 2 companies.My energy provider for 47 years, SSE had suggested that I start off with them as a new customer and on 12-1-21 a contract was agreed with a customer service agent emailing me the following details."Good day Mr Milkins,This is to confirm the effective start date with Swalec-SSE is the 29 January 2021 to take over the gas and electricity supply.This means that you will only be charged from the date mentioned above going forward. All other charges will be applied by your current supplier until the date your supply starts with Swalec-SSE.Thank you.Regards,Yolanda."Hooray. Then I get the following email from Jolene from SSE on 20-1-20."I understand that you have been sent an email regarding the dates the supply has come back to us and you were advised that you would not have a bill until SSE started [29-1-21], feedback is being provided to that adviser so this incorrect information is not given in the future, for this I can offer a goodwill payment of £30.00 for incorrect information given. SSE can keep their £30 !!!!!!!!!!I have now learned how easy it is to find the cheapest deal for gas and electric. Find a company offering a 2 year fixed tariff which I have done. To date, the best deal offers a 2 year fixed tariff. For gas, the daily standing charge is 27 pence per day. The charge for gas is 2.952 pence per kw hour.For electric, the standing charge is 24.02 pence per day. The charge for electric is 17.42 per kw hour.These prices are considerably cheaper than my former supplier. If anyone can direct me to a better deal, please let me know as haven't signed up to EDF yet.
Neil Milkins ● 87d0 Comments ● 87d
A class action is being brought against BT for compensation for people who only have a landline. Does anyone know how a class action works. I remember the rental going down a while ago, this however seems to be for compensation before that. This probably effects some people on this site I would have thought.
Nicholas Beard ● 91d0 Comments ● 91d
The Planning Committee will make the final decision on 20 Jan. The planning application to turn the bowling green into crazy golf and the pavilion into a restaurant has already been refused once and is again recommended for refusal. This DOES NOT have to be an either/or situation. There is plenty of space in the park to put the crazy golf, perhaps on the old tennis courts, with a building next to it for the restaurant.The club has not been wound up, the green is not derelict and abandoned as has been claimed. In fact, volunteers have weeded it and mowed it. It needs urgent attention to prepare it for the start of the new season in April. Bowls can be played with Covid-safe protocols.Surely the unnecessary destruction of an existing amenity in a park should be the last thing that those who 'run' it should ever consider? Wouldn't you have thought they would be keen to enable its continued existence, adding the crazy golf elsewhere, especially when it doesn't cost them anything?
Bela Cunha ● 92d0 Comments ● 92d
This is a major through road. I am bemused as to where the displaced traffic will go. The experience of closing another major through road, Turnham Green Terrace does not give much credence to the competence of the Hounslow officers and councillors.
Chris Dakers ● 150d26 Comments ● 95d
Utter hypocrisy on display yet again from Hounslow council.This time on Allotments.“maximise their value for health and well-being, stronger communities, biodiversity and sustainable living”.So where is the sanctimonious Cllr Dunne who has put her name to such admirable statements? Yet again, this is back door ageism, not unlike several other decisions being pushed through without proper consultation or proper concern for local council taxpayers. Clearly not prepared to stand by her words. Not unlike many of her compatriots. But very disparaging all the same.Means testing over 65's? How much does that cost to do? And why? Yet another assumption that all those over 65 somehow have bottomless pockets. Not even a criteria published on what defines means testing. Where this has been tried before the parameters leave only those on maximum benefits as qualifiers and they are highly unlikely to ever be able to use an allotment or several other amenities.In other words just another way of freezing elder citizens out, like online access, making consultations full of loaded questions and ignoring anything that does not fit the predetermined policies.Through the back door with no debate on Christmas Eve? You may as well change the logo for Hounslow to one well used in Germany 80 years ago. The same methods of deception, smoke and mirrors is rather eerie.
Raymond Havelock ● 107d19 Comments ● 95d
IMPORTANT UPDATE. UTILITY POINT HAVE HAD THEIR SUPPLY LICENCES REVOKED BY OFGEM? After spending nearly 4 months trying to get to the bottom of how Look After My Bills illegally changed my energy supplier from SSE to Utility Point, today has come a breakthrough. I had to deal with the matter myself after Look After My Bills who claimed to have started an investigation into the matter 65 days ago refused to respond to my last dozen or so phone calls or my last 8 emails. Today someone posted the following on trusted website Trustpilot regarding Utility Point and Look After My Bills. "I just got a quote from LAMB and it suggested I change to a company called Utility Point.According to Trustpilot, this company are under investigation regarding giving customers incentives for positive reviews.The OFGEM website says they have revoked their supply licences with effect from 4 January 2021.LAMB...you say you work with suppliers who value their customers and are committed to improving their customer service.“Don’t worry, if a supplier has terrible customer service we won’t switch you to them even if they want to pay us!”I think you need to have an urgent review of some of the companies you are recommending.I won’t be using LAMB."
Neil Milkins ● 98d3 Comments ● 95d
Who will have Sputnik V if it becomes available here?
Nicholas Beard ● 250d15 Comments ● 97d
...there are done as a drive through or do you have to go into a building?
Sarah Felstead ● 106d7 Comments ● 98d
Well it seems we have a joke of a Covid 19 vaccination hub in the Chiswick Heath Centre.Tonight 6-1-21 when I left there was a 1.5 to 2 hour wait outside on the ramp.There was no way I was going to subject an 80 year old in a wheel chair to a 2 hour wait, so had to leave.Come on. what's the NHS trying to do, finish off the over eights by letting them catch pneumonia while they wait.It supposed to be an appointment system, but it seems you get done when you turn up job.Hasn't anyone in this country got a brain? In winter you need a waiting area inside a building in the cold weather, not outside, especially when dealing with the older members of our community.
Bernard Allen ● 103d15 Comments ● 100d
No surprise there! http://www.brentfordtw8.com/default.asp?section=info&page=ballymore045.htm
Reg Ghosh ● 108d41 Comments ● 100d
For those who do not yet know, these are available in Hounslow for the non symptomatic.I had one today, arrived early and was seen straight away.Very clear and courteous direction from staff there,result texted to me a half hour later. 10/10.
Keith Iddon ● 102d10 Comments ● 100d
Sorry to get on peoples' nerves but my warning to people about the possibility of the collapse of energy company Utility Point has shaken Look After My Bills into issuing the following statement to a disgruntled Trustpilot reviewer. Hi Jenny,I understand that there has been a lot of concerns around receiving your refund from Utility Point.At this point in time last year, we switched a lot of customers to Utility Point, we are now switching these customers away from Utility Point. This means that Utility Point have to process refunds for 1000's of customers, so please bear with them as this can take some time. They have doubled their resources to help deal with this backlog and have informed us that the majority of these refunds will be processed in the next 10 days.We review the suppliers we work with regularly based on a number of factors including customers' feedback, Trustpilot reviews, Citizens Advice Bureau and financial stability. If we have several customers expressing dissatisfaction with a particular supplier, we raise an investigation to decide whether we want to continue working with them.If you can kindly respond to my private request for more information then I can look to go through your account with us in greater detail and let you know how best to proceed.I look forward to hearing from you.Thomas - Senior Energy AdviserLook After My Bills
Neil Milkins ● 101d0 Comments ● 101d
Its finally been admitted there will be border control posts at Belfast and three other locations. And goods crossing the Irish Sea will be subject to checks.
Nicholas Beard ● 340d16 Comments ● 101d
I have had reason to contact LBH staff a couple of times recently to request service/action and have had nothing but prompt and courteous service from them.10/10.
Keith Iddon ● 102d0 Comments ● 102d
Been trying to call Rams at Brentford to get an MOT done but no answer. Anyone know when they’re opening, or maybe have phone issues?
Russell Pearson ● 103d4 Comments ● 102d