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 ● 72d
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 ● 78d
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgMore 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 ● 87d
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@email@example.com
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
I hope the moderators will indulge me, given this course and club have been used by many Brentford folks, including me (Club Captain 2014) down the years. Last week Ealing Council made the shock announcement that it intends to close this well-loved course early in 2024, integrate it into 'Brent River Park' complex, allowing PPGC's nine holes to be 're-wilded'.PPGC, now almost a century old, is more than just a golf course: apart from being the home of a successful little club, its flat topography makes it a haven for hundreds of older players who depend on it for their physical and mental wellbeing. It is an affordable, working class course which attracts players from all walks of life. No course in the entire area more accurately represents the local community. What's more, the club itself raises substantial funds for Macmillan and local charities. Ealing's plan makes no sense. The fight to save Perivale Park Golf Course has started. Please help. Sign the petition here. Thank-you. https://www.change.org/p/save-perivale-park-golf-club
Mike Paterson ● 92d2 Comments ● 92d
Since its introduction in 2013 in Enfield Road and surrounding roads the Council have systematically reduced the parking spaces at every opportunity while at the same time increasing the permit and parking charges. Enforcement is now being carried out on a 24 hour basis to maximise the take and screw the residents out of as much money as possible. The latest scam is to remove more parking spaces for LIME BIKES a private company and pay for their new bays with our community charge money. Their Shareholders and Directors must be dancing with delight, first you create the problem and then Hounslow pay to clean it up and at the same time you get to charge the hirer a fine for not putting the bike in the bay that Hounslow provided free of charge. So what's in it for Hounslow ? or are they simpletons I think not I thinkit gives them another chance to push there anti car agenda and at the same time screw the motorist. I will be raising a petition in my area to scrap the CPZ and I would encourage others to consider the same in their areas.
Robert Ayres ● 147d37 Comments ● 94d
150th Anniversary – Calling Ex-pupils and staff!Need your help! They are looking to make contact with as many ex-pupils, ex-staff/governors and ex-families of the school.They would like to invite ex-pupils, staff and governors to help them mark this event by recording their most vivid memories of their time at St Paul’s. Ideally, they would like a voice recording but would also welcome written text and any photos of school days past. Perhaps it was a school trip, a particular teacher, a group of friends or a specific event or day in the history of the school that stays with you as a memory of the school. Please send contributions to the school via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: St Paul’s CE Primary School, St Paul’s Road, Brentford, TW8 0PN. Please share who you are, when you were connected with the school and your memory!They shall use the memories to create an audio-visual archive of the school, which they shall share during the anniversary year.
Helen Dickinson ● 94d0 Comments ● 94d
I thought that this would be a good place to extend my apologies to all those that joined the festival newsletter system but heard nothing back. Also to all those that read the Diary of an Event Manager who have not seen any updates.I have had a fantastically busy year of planning (not just this event) and of course the event is about to happen. We have an astounding 75 stalls in addition to 10 catering units, the petting farm and of course the popular dog show. CAMRA beer arrives Friday so should be nicely chilled by Sunday - we have moved the position this year to the mirror room (more space). Come and spend the day, particularly come and see our youngest act (The Champs) performing on the stage. They are a primary school band and are soooooooo excited. This will be followed by a flamenco demonstration and later on Morris dancing - it is all going to be happening at The Brentford Festival noon to 6pm
Linda Massey ● 102d7 Comments ● 94d
Hello all! Recent-ish arrival to Brentford, having grown up mostly elsewhere in SW London.Wanted to draw attention quickly to a local mini-festival I’m helping put on, this Saturday the 9th. It’s part of Open House (the wider pan-London festival where unusual or historic buildings open up and offer events, tours, etc) - at the Brentford & Isleworth Quaker Meeting House, near Syon Lane station, we’re opening up from 10-4. Visitors are invited to wander around the building and (if the sun holds up) enjoy our gardens - learn a little local history, let kids run around in the grounds, etc. Entry’s free, and everyone’s welcome - the main building has access via a ramp, and includes an accessible toilet, though the grounds can be quite uneven.We’re also offering various creative events, including a show from a local art group, a half-hour chamber performance by the Syon Early Music Group, and a couple of creative workshops. Most of these are free, though if possible registering in advance helps us plan numbers.Details including address etc are on our site at https://bandiquakers.org.uk/open-house-2023/, drop the organisers any questions via the contact details on there. Hope to see some of you there! (And, if I do see you there, any local restaurant recommendations warmly received…)
Justin Treadwell ● 96d1 Comments ● 96d
This excellent chippy has opened up again and is still serving food of a very high standard.The lovely chap who used to run it has been unwell for some time but is on the mend.
Keith Iddon ● 98d0 Comments ● 98d
Just for clarity, having read the implied criticism of privatisation of this country’s air traffic control system in Guy Lambert’s latest ramblings, it should be noted that the PFI legislation was initiated and implemented in the 2000 Transport Act. That was a Labour Government, with Blair and Brown at the helm. Not quite the triumph of public-private partnership they promised.Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.I dislike the Tories but to claim either side has moral authority/superior knowledge/better policies, etc is just nonsense.
Simon Hayes ● 100d4 Comments ● 99d
Can anyone recommend a reliable / trustworthy Cleaner / Ironing person? Thanks for any recommendations.
Emma McNaboe ● 103d0 Comments ● 103d
Does anyone know why this vehicle is often parked in Swyncombe Avenue?Are they trying to catch cars travelling over 20mph or looking for vehicles defying the no left turn from BMR? Or is there another sinister reason? !
Elizabeth Price ● 108d9 Comments ● 103d
Said Guy Lambert in his weekly update. It is closed - why? When will it be opened again? Perhaps somebody could give us some reliable information.
Alison Robins ● 144d38 Comments ● 114d
If you have lost a Ferret in the High Street / Half Acre area then please go get in touch - email@example.com. It is safe and well and in our care. Proof of ownership will be required. Many thanks
Tony Bull ● 118d0 Comments ● 118d
I've noticed that several trees in the allotments along Park Road have been marked with an "X" sign.What does this mean?JL.
Jim Linwood ● 128d3 Comments ● 120d
I was walking with a friend in Kew Gardens yesterday and we saw a fox with a broken hinder leg looking disoriented. We went to inform the staff but their response was. “ ah..yes, many people have reported it, we know butWe don’t do anything for the animals at Kew” This is the second time I report an injured animal and same response from different staff members. I knew of a local charity that dealt with injured foxes in London, will contact them. But this is very sad
Silvia Diaz ● 131d1 Comments ● 126d
'The council has announced that it is proceeding with the next phase of its controversial e-bike trial and expanding it into Isleworth, Osterley and Hounslow.A partnership has been entered into with Lime Bikes in which the shared e-bike hire scheme was allowed to officially expand into the borough as long as users parked in designated bays.'These blasted things have been around in Isleworth for ages - witness the number of them slung all over the place, an absolute pain in the backside for many. If last night's Brentford Area Forum is anything to go by - complaining to the council is a sheer waste of time, rarely has so much guff been spouted about something by so many people. They have decided we'll have bikes, and bikes we will have, for a council that claims to be promoting walking they sure are making life difficult for pedestrians. What with the appalling state of some footpaths now to add to the hazards - Lime Bikes! Ain't life great?
Vanessa Smith ● 144d25 Comments ● 129d
this afternoon, they decided to have a wild bonfire under a delightful tree.One could smell the fire 100s of yards away.The Fire Brigade had been calledand their exstinguishers caused alarge smoke storm. I had to move out of the Park fast.Hounslow Council have acted fast. Their enforcement Unit having issued a NOTICE OF INTENT.Who will pay for the Fire Service?
Jim Lawes ● 131d3 Comments ● 130d
A month or so ago, I noticed a TW worker painting marks and symbols on the tarmac in our cul-de-sac at 358-372 Lionel Road North. I asked what was happening and he said something about a leak and they would need to close the road and dig up the appropriate pipes etc for repair. I asked how long the work would take and he replied that it should be done in a day. I told him that there were several disabled, elderly, seriously ill people in the road so that they should maintain access for emergency services. A week or so later, the residents received a letter from Thames Water saying that work would commence on 22nd July and would take 4/5 days. We rang Thames Water to remind them of the issues and waited with some trepidation for work to begin. 22nd July arrived and no activity. In fact no activity and no communication from TW for the next week. Then on Saturday 29th, workmen arrived, closed the street (trapping several of our neighbour’s cars) and started work. Phone calls to TW resulted in them telling us that the work would be completed and the road reopened either later that day or, at the latest, on Sunday 30th July. On Sunday 30th a little more work was done but the road remained closed. A team did come along and resurfaced a small hole in the pavement but ‘forgot’ to fill in the main hole in the roadway. On Monday, despite more phone calls and messages to TW no progress was made and we were told that we could not talk to anyone higher up in the organisation. Again on Tuesday the same lack of any result. This morning (Wednesday) all the residents had to lug their dustbins and recycling boxes to the top of the road as the lorries couldn’t access the road as they would normally do.Any ideas about how we might get this situation resolved???
Mick Brent ● 131d8 Comments ● 130d
What is the cause of the long traffic tailback in Twickenham Road?JL
Jim Linwood ● 147d9 Comments ● 133d
A full page obituary in The Times newspaper on 4th July outlined the talents of this lady who's several "comic novels mocked the middle-class characters" in her life.She once lived in Chiswick from where she gathered much good material for her writings... then moved to Wiltshire and finally to Brentford at the Upper Butts.Any local knowledge or appreciation of her work ..and local residence?
Jim Lawes ● 159d9 Comments ● 136d
The first meeting of the new Brentford & Syon Area Forum will be held from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday 19th July at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW. The meeting proper will be preceded, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., by a "Marketplace" where stalls will be operated by several local organisations and council departments. The agenda can be read here:https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=576&MId=13103Brentford Voice pressed for many months for the establishment of our own local Forum, to replace the former Isleworth & Brentford Forum. We believe that this is an opportunity to improve the representation of the needs and aspirations of the community in Brentford. Our dear friends in Isleworth and Osterley, together with Hounslow South, now also have a separate Forum.We would encourage you to make every effort to attend this first edition of the Forum.
Jim Storrar ● 149d5 Comments ● 146d
Following the success of her first book,which worldwide sold over 160 millioncopies! a second book has now been published by Penguin.The lady is probably well known in Brentford where she has lived for some time.Brentford fame continues!
Jim Lawes ● 148d4 Comments ● 147d
Just passing the park this morning and I noticed that a gate column has once again been knocked down. It's the one on the left hand side this time. Let's hope it doesn't take another 3 years before it's repaired.
Pat Kingham ● 154d17 Comments ● 149d
Having approached the good men at Isleworth and Heston Fire Brigade twice, on both occasions they’d agreed to carry out a Fire Risk Assesment and a date was booked. However this has been blocked twice by the Council. Apparently permission is required ? Seriously ? No Fire Risk Assesment’s have been carried out following the fire last month in one of the flats in the Victorian built property owned by Hounslow Council since the 1970’s. I’m asking since Grenfell tragedy, why would the Fire Brigade service require permission from the Council to carry out an inspection? Hounslow Council are putting lives at risk by failing in their duty and legal responsibility.
Philippa Auton ● 168d6 Comments ● 149d
I’m sure we’re all interested in liar-Lambert’s musings on the future of car ownership – a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy given that his deeply unpopular policies of closing roads and taking parking spaces will surely force some people to give up their cars. We’ve all seen in the last few of weeks how the combination of road works on Windmill Road and the A4 have caused gridlock in the whole of Brentford and this was made 100 times worse by the unnecessary LTN road closures. We’ve all experienced more congested, dangerous and polluted roads and longer journey times – all created deliberately by a council who have no interest in supporting the needs of the majority of its constituents. Interestingly there has been a report published by the National Audit Office that confirms what we all knew – that the LTN schemes were a massive waste of taxpayer money that have achieved precisely NOTHING. There’s a link to the article below but, in summary:“Billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash has potentially been wasted on ‘active travel’ schemes such as controversial low-traffic neighbourhoods, according to a report.”“Despite an estimated £3.3billion being spent on delivering such measures between 2016 and 2021, cycling and walking rates fell over that period, the National Audit Office study found.”“It said many were imposed on residents without proper consultation and poorly planned ones have subsequently been scrapped.”Could we hope that LBH will see sense and roll back these horrible schemes? Could individual councillors be surcharged to recover some of the money that has been wasted? We live in hope.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12167319/Ministers-wasted-billions-pounds-taxpayers-money-LTNs-says-watchdog.html
Graham Thorpe ● 181d24 Comments ● 149d
I notice,with a mild sense of depression, that the Natwest in Isleworth is closing the day after tomorrow.Keep using cash folks...
Keith Iddon ● 154d0 Comments ● 154d
The old Brentford Market site isnow filled with a close web of skyscrapers as you will have easily seen.It is quite appropriate that one of the "roadways" is named after an illustriousfamed local...who is buried in the Old Brentford Cemetary.But to see the street sign sayingTHOMAS LAYTON WAY, HOUNSLOW, TW8is taking the micky.Shouldn't it be BRENTFORD TW8? Are the Council trying to erase Brentford as a destination?
Jim Lawes ● 170d8 Comments ● 154d
I learned today that one of Brentford's "characters"...John? Goldsmith...who owned the Windmill Road North garage site etc etc..had passed away sometime during the last 12 months.Was there an obituary published in the local Press? He had been linked to that MG dealership etcHe was seen on occasions on Jazz Nights at the Brewer Tap..and with the recent passing of Bill Arnold also...two familiar faces have seemingly departed. RIP.I believe that Mr Goldsmith once lived in Osterley..in the the biggest of the houses at that time..that had been previously been owned by the Smith's Crisps boss.
Jim Lawes ● 6529d15 Comments ● 154d
...I wonder about my beloved Football Club.New season kit announced and what has it got? A Betting sponsor emblazoned across the shirt.With all the focus on Brentford and it's betting addiction victim star player it just makes one wince. I know the club has benefitted from an owner whose core is a betting business, but then the Brentford Community Stadium is the GTEC Community Stadium. A choice of sponsor that broke away from the plethora of Betting sponsors and is also a British Company.So what were they thinking? It's going to send out globally the wrong message every time they play and poor old Mr. Toney when he returns, will have a shirt of which the irony won't be lost.It's a club that's made massive efforts at family attendances and I have no issues with betting or gambling but like other adult vices, do think a line should be drawn. Should an 8 year old be wearing a shirt with a betting or alcohol sponsor emblazoned on it?
Raymond Havelock ● 160d8 Comments ● 156d
Keys found on bench near Three Bridges,have been left at the CRT office at Top Locks.
David Burke ● 158d0 Comments ● 158d
Great. We lose parking space and we pay to provide cycle bays for this private company while they boast about making more money in fines.Should this company not be reimbursing the cost of creating these cycle bays and compensating residents for the loss of parking spaces ?
Robert Ayres ● 167d5 Comments ● 166d
If you send an e-mail to Hounslow's customer services you will get an automatic reply stating what will happen and it gives you various e-mail address for you to get in touch. One piece of advice states The offices will be closed from Dec23 until Tuesday 3rd of January it's now June 8th.After nearly 6 months someone would have noticed this?
David Squire ● 186d1 Comments ● 166d
Covid enquirey finds resources were switched to Brexit.
Nicholas Beard ● 166d0 Comments ● 166d
Have the temporary lights that were causing so much congestion finally gone please? I don't want to drive down there specially to find out!
Susan Kelly ● 176d23 Comments ● 168d
Is now happening. Yesterday evening at about 6pm there were at least 20 cars queuing along Whitestile Road and back up Junction Road in an attempt to get out onto South Ealing Road. This meant that anyone who had turned left into Whitestile Road from South Ealing Road was unable to drive along Whitestile Road - it was blocked by the oncoming traffic. Traffic was queuing up South Ealing Road as far as the eye could see and barely moving.Not the first time this has happened recently.I am guessing that this was traffic trying to bypass the roadworks and traffic lights on Windmill Road or people trying to bypass the queue down the A4 to the new traffic lights at the roundabout at the Ealing Road/A4 junction.The Windmill Road works seem to be never-ending and are causing huge tail-backs. If you are driving north from Brentford and want to get across the A4 junction you have to sit through several green phases before there is enough room in Windmill Road to clear the junction safely and not get stuck in the yellow box. The same thing is happening to traffic turning left into Windmill from the A4.The new traffic lights at the Ealing Road/A4 roundabout are causing lengthy tailbacks along the A4. They are also affecting traffic turning left onto the A4 from Windmill Road because even if the lights at the Windmill Road junction are green there is not enough room on the A4 to make the turn. This then also holds up traffic coming down Windmill Road which wants to go straight ahead or turn right.As others have said, the old traffic lights at the South Ealing roundabout worked perfectly well. I've been driving round that roundabout for the last 20 years (don't take that literally!) and never encountered or witnessed any problems. You just had to make sure you gave way to traffic already coming round the roundabout, even if lights were green in your favour. At least the traffic kept moving.The other problem locally is the roadworks on Kew Bridge Road which are causing tailbacks to the County Court. There has been some suggestion that these are not due to the construction of the Cycleway but because of gasworks being carried out at the same time.So, 3 points/queries:1. When are the Windmill Road works going to end?2. Please can we return to the old traffic light system at the Ealing Road roundabout.3. When are the Kew Bridge Road temporary lights going to be removed so that we can have a normal traffic flow once again?The gridlock which is now a daily occurrence around here at the moment does nobody any good - whether you're a driver, cyclist or pedestrian. I was walking down Whitestile Road yesterday evening and it was horrible. So was South Ealing Road.
Alison Robins ● 172d8 Comments ● 171d
Reading between the lines of the article on the borough's leisure centre bailout, the council seem to have decided to give them another year.They deserve some credit for this as many other local authorities have wielded the knife when it comes to swimming pools and gyms.What the numbers make plain though is that this level of losses can't be sustained. There is no prospect of an immediate sharp drop in energy costs or a sudden rush of people to take up memberships. One way to mitigate the problem might be to finally do something about the redevelopment of the Fountains. I haven't been to all the facilities in the borough but I presume this is the largest and most expensive to heat. Schemes to knock it down and build housing along with a new more energy efficient centre have come and gone. Doing this now would reduce the operating losses and give the prospect of a modern facility which didn't have a bit of an odd smell that more people would pay to go to.
Jeremy Parkinson ● 174d3 Comments ● 174d
Incredible how those in positions of power and influences can say something that’s patently not true. Lambert’s latest ‘amusing update’ contains his thoughts on car ownership and parking in London. He said this:‘By the way, before the tabloid picks this up and says ’Lambert trying to ban cars’ I’m not and none of this is nobody’s policy, just me musing.’Well, it is somebody’s policy, that of the London Cycling Campaign of which he and other Labour councillors are members. Lambert’s musings echo the speech given to the Labour conference last year by the LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha, who said:“We need to free people from the burden and tyranny of owning tons of metal that sits unused 90 percent of the time,”I’m not sure that most car owners see it as a tyranny and a burden, although they might view the policies of Lambert and his colleagues as exactly that.Anyone who looks into the strategies and aims of the LCC will recognise its direct influence on policies pursued by Hounslow, Ealing and other councils in London. Low traffic neighbourhoods, cycle lanes, reducing parking spaces, etc, are all part of the plan. Make owning a car as expensive and inconvenient as possible to simply force people off the road.They’d have you believe that car owners are singlehandedly responsible for all the problems in London, yet car ownership in the capital has actually declined in the last 20 years, despite a massive increase in population. London is unique in that in the UK.Congestion is caused by blocking roads, whether that’s due to roadworks, an accident or lame-brained traffic management policies that funnel all vehicles onto fewer roads. Yes, there are peaks where volumes are higher but most of the time most roads are pretty quiet.Inevitably Lambert will brand me a car lobbyist (which I’m not) and a Tory (which I certainly am not). I simply think that people should be able to make their own choices, not be dictated to by a self-interested minority.Lambert advocates car clubs, but doesn’t even consider that vehicle ownership is often a key to economic activity for many. Does he think those ubiquitous Ubers are anything other than privately owned vehicles? Like most utopians he thinks most of us are sitting at home deciding which leisure activity to pursue next. Simple minded, no?Ironically Lambert has a nice shiny new car and presumably a nice secure private parking space in Brentford. He doesn’t ‘need’ a car, so why does he have one? Surely he and others should practice what they preach?!
Simon Hayes ● 179d27 Comments ● 174d
In 2021 Intel decided against manufacturing chips in the UK citing Brexit. Yesterday Germany announced a $33 billion deal to manufacture chips at two sites in Germany. Always we hear how important chips are, but no action!
Nicholas Beard ● 174d0 Comments ● 174d